Health Benefits of Black Currants

– Black currants are very rich in Vitamin C. A quart of black currant juice contains over 500 milligrams.

– Herbal tea made with black currant leaves is diuretic (helps eliminate excess water) – recommended for cases of edema (water retention), rheumatism and gout (drink the tea when you feel an attack coming on).

– Black currant tea also stimulates perspiration – recommended in cases of colds, flu or whooping cough.

– Fresh unsweetened berries or leaves are remedies of choice for stomach aches and diarrhoea.

– To prevent intestinal fermentation, drink a small glass of unsweetened black currant juice before meals.

– The black pigment in black currants contains a natural antibiotic that is effective for combating a large variety of harmful bacteria.

– Use unsweetened black currant juice as a gargle to treat a sore or hoarse throat.

– Black currant accelerates the healing of jaundice. It has an extraordinarily beneficial effect on liver cells, healing damaged cells and keeping whole cells healthy.

– In addition to all these properties, black currant, for some unknown reason (perhaps its high Vitamin C content) is effective for preventing allergies. If you suffer from allergies, make black currants a regular part of your diet.

– Black currants are

– diuretic and astringent (helpful in cases of arthritis, rheumatism, gout and diarrhoea)

– recommended for cases of fatigue or burnout

– anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory.

Black currants should be bought fresh whenever possible, preferably pressed into juice (don’t drink too much – abusing any food, even one as healthy as black currants, is counterproductive).