Blackcurrants are packed full of nutrients, some would suggest making these black beauties one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
With potent Vitamin C and antioxidants, the benefits of blackcurrants range widely from general health and immunity to sports performance and recovery. When we started PURE Sports Nutrition 10 years ago the sports-related research mainly supported Blackcurrants for recovery, interestingly and not surprisingly as time has progressed performance benefits have also come to light.
A meta-analysis and systemic review of nine clinical studies have shown New Zealand grown blackcurrants account for a small but significant performance increase when consumed for 7 days (105-210 mg anthocyanins) (1). The specific mechanism is still not completely clear, however, points towards cardiovascular benefits, increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to working muscles, and clearance of lactic acid to aid recovery.
We source and use locally grown Ben Ard blackcurrants due to their naturally higher amounts of anthocyanins (a powerful antioxidant) compared to other varieties. This is due to the harsh sunlight in New Zealand and accounts for the deep purple/black colour.
For PURE Blackcurrant Recovery they are freeze-dried to retain the nutrient value and milled into a fine concentrated powder. This can be shaken into fluids and mixed into smoothies and foods. PURE Performance Plus Capsules are made of blackcurrant extract, a concentrated source of anthocyanins and handy for on the go.
Here is a rundown of our two blackcurrant products:
|Size||Serving size||Ingredients||Anthocyanins per serve|
|PURE Blackcurrant Recovery||
||200g (33 serves)||6g (over 30 blackcurrants)||100% Freeze dried NZ Ben Ard Blackcurrants||150mg|
|PURE Performance + Capsules||30 caps||1 Capsule||Blackcurrant Extract 395mg (anthocyanins 106mg)||106mg|
(1) The effect of New Zealand blackcurrant on sport performance and related biomarkers: a systematic review and meta-analysis | Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)