Inflammation is becoming increasingly common among Americans. But there is a natural and herbal way to help relieve the pain and swelling often associated with inflammation, and that is with blackcurrant.
Blackcurrant has been called “the forbidden fruit” in the United States. Farmers thought that the tart berries, native to Europe and Asia, helped spread a fungus that killed pine trees. Because of this, many Americans have, unfortunately, missed out on these nutritious berries.
Blackcurrants have a high concentration of anthocyanins, polyphenolic substances, antioxidants, vitamin C, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). In fact, blackcurrants carry four times the amount of vitamin C as oranges and twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries! The benefits of vitamin C are many. The body uses vitamin C to metabolize protein and form collagen, which is essential for skin care and anti-aging.
But perhaps the greatest net benefit from blackcurrant is the anti-inflammatory properties. Blackcurrants have a direct effect on your body’s inflammatory response. Blackcurrant seed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a type of omega-6 fatty acid that’s been said to help ease inflammation in the body. The high GLA and anthocyanin content can help reduce joint or muscle pain. In some studies, GLA supplements were so effective that participants with rheumatoid arthritis could reduce their usual pain medications. That is great news for those with joint pain due to inflammation.