Berries for Life Black Currant for Vision Health - 60 Capsules
Berries for Life Black Currant promotes vision health. Dark berries that give radicals a run for the money. Black currants (Ribes nigrum) are known as the King of Berries because they are packed with antioxidant activity and a powerful nutritional profile. They are most studied in clinical research for their very unique anthocyanin profile that is particularly beneficial with a healthy inflammation response and vision.
They really mean dark.
Dark purple - almost black in color - its antioxidants neutralize free raldicals linked to the development of degenerative diseases. Black currant anthocyanins have been lab-demonstrated to inhibit inflammation mechanisms and promote multiple aspects of healthy vision. Black currant has been substantiated in studies in the areas of:
- Vision support.
- Healthy inflammation response.
- Cardiovascular support.
- Antioxidant activity.
- Immune support.
Their Premium Black Currant
In ONE serving you get:
- The most holistic, full-spectrum black currant profile (their whole food ground black currant combined with their concentrated anthocyanin-standardized extract and black currant juice powder).
- At least 920 ORAC units—more than the antioxidant capacity in an average serving of fruits and vegetables.
- At least 43mg anthocyanins (a USDA survey suggests they aren’t getting enough in their diet--only 12.5mg are consumed daily on average).
- A simple and convenient way to benefit from the black currant phytonutrients that will help you maintain optimal health.
The black currant (Ribes nigrum) is native to Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America, but some of the highest-quality black currants are cultivated in New Zealand becaue of the optimum growing conditions. Black currants developed a nickname of the "King of Berries" due to their potent antioxidant activity and powerful nutritional profile. The use of black currant fruit as an herbal medicine emerged in the Middle Ages. Now modern research recognizes various health attributes, particularly with vision health and promoting a healthy inflammation response. Already largely popular in Europe in the form of functional foods and beverages, black currant is catching on as a product worth supplementing into the daily American diet.
Hierarchy of Actives
Polyphenols are a large family of natural phytonutrients widely distributed in plant foods. They are characterized by the presence of more than one phenol unit per molecule.
Flavonoids (or "bioflavonoids") make up an important subcategory of polyphenols that exhibit potent antioxidant activity. Many health promoting effects are attributed to flavonoids.
Anthocyanins, with their incredible antioxidant and health-promoting potential, are one of the most heavily studied flavonoid categories. Anthocyanins are the water-soluble pigments that are responsible for the dark red-purple color found in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The darker the berry, the more anthocyanins that are present.
Each berry contains a unique anthocyanin profile that contributes to its distinct health benefits. Black currant contains four predominant anthocyanins:
Perhaps one of the most important health attributes of dark berries, which are high in anthocyanins is the antioxidant capacity. Antioxidants neutralize free radical buildup, also known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are linked to the development of a number of degenerative diseases and conditions. Free radicals are by-products of normal bodily functions and are inevitable in daily life. However, it is the delicate balance of antioxidants and free radicals that determine our state of health. As we age, the body doesn't function as efficiently and, as a result, an excess of free radicals are produced. They can do our best to arm ourselves by including sufficient amounts of antioxidants in our diet or by supplementing our diet with products rich in dark berry anthocyanins, including black currant anthocyanins.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test is one commonly used method for measuring the antioxidant capacity of a substance. The higher the ORAC value, the higher the antioxidant activity.
Additional Health Benefits
Black currant is valuable not only for its antioxidant potential but also for the many particular health benefits that are substantiated in studies in the areas of:
- Vision support
- Healthy inflammation response
- Cardiovascular support
- Immune support
Scientific Research at a Glance
Black currant's extensive use in traditional medicine has interested modern researchers who continuously explore the health benefits of natural products and search for the active compounds like anthocyanins and the mechanisms by which they function. Current studies range from in vitro laboratory studies to animal studies and even human clinical studies.
Some noteworthy findings include:
- In a human clinical trial, a consumption of black currant anthocyanins resulted in improved dark adaptation and a reduction in eye fatigue. (Nakaishi et al., 2000)
- A preliminary study out of New Zealand shows that a black currant extract modulated certain inflammatory cytokines that can exacerbate asthma symptoms, suggesting the potential for keeping hyper-responsive inflammatory responses at bay. (Hort Research)
- A human, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study showed that subjects who consumed black currant anthocyanins experienced an improvement in shoulder stiffness caused by typing work- likely due to increased peripheral blood flow and reduced muscle fatigue. (Matsumoto, 2005)
Berries For Life Black Currant is the Answer
Our black currant supplement includes a standardized extract that delivers consistent high levels of the active black currant anthocyanins, combined with a whole food black currant powder that delivers the full black currant matrix, just as if you were eating the actual berries. They also include a black currant juice powder for an added boost of black currant phytonutrients to deliver a well-rounded and complete product to help you stay healthy.
Traditional wisdom and now modern research recognize the health benefits of dark berry antioxidants.
Among fruits, dark berries contain high levels of diverse phytonutrients known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are a large family of natural phytonutrients widely distributed in plant foods. They are characterized by the presence of more than one phenol unit per molecule. Flavonoids (or "bioflavonoids") make up an important subcategory of polyphenols that exhibit potent antioxidant activity. Many health promoting effects are attributed to flavonoids. Anthocyanins, with their incredible antioxidant and health-promoting potential, are one of the most widely-studied flavonoid categories. Anthocyanins are the water-soluble pigments responsible for the dark red-purple color found in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The darker the berry, the more anthocyanins that are present.
Berries for Life only concentrates on dark berries because dark berries concentrate the antioxidants.
Dark Berries are Better Berries
All berry phytonutrients are beneficial. But they are not all equal. At Berries for Life, they are here for only one reason, and that is to concentrate on the best of the best nutrients.
A significant number of studies have shown that dark berry antioxidants (such as anthocyanins) are beneficial for cardiovascular health, reducing age-associated oxidative stress, improving neuronal and cognitive brain function as well as ocular health, and protecting genomic integrity. In addition, dark berry antioxidants have been shown to enhance the immune system and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
What Makes Their Berry Antioxidant Supplements Better?
They base their products on extensive research showing the health benefits of dark berry antioxidants. Their supplements are scientifically-documented, well-formulated, and of the highest-potency, featuring dark berries like aroniaberry, elderberry, black currant, blueberry, and cranberry.
Their extracts come from the highest quality raw materials grown from specially cultivated crops and they use independent lab testing to guarantee the level of active dark berry phytonutrients. You can be assured you are buying an all-natural premium product that maintains consistent levels of activity and bioavailability.