- A recent Scottish study is shown remarkable results…
- This humble, common fruit is like time travel for your body
- 5 ways eating blackcurrents will do you good
Imagine a pill that did this…
• Reduced the size of stomach tumours
• Helped restore a failing immune system
• Improved your eyesight
• Reduced inflammation
You’d imagine that some horrible Pharma CEO like Martin Shkreli would hike the price up by 2,500% and make a fortune.
Except this pill grows on trees.
Because blackcurrants can do all the things I’ve just listed.
They’re a little time travel fruit that can turn the clock back to a younger you!
In an amazing study by scientists in Aberdeen and Dundee, it has been found that the polyphenol in blackcurrants has anti-cancer properties. It can stop tumour cells multiplying and then attack those cancer cells.
I meant to tell you about this back in July, but it only sprung to mind after I wrote to you about stomach problems last Saturday.
If you missed it, you can read it for free here: Dodgy stomach? This doctor thinks alternative medicine is the answer
If you recall. a study published in October 3rd in the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that some alternative treatments really do work for stomach problems.
Blackcurrants are one of the nutritional approaches that we can add to that list.
[NOTE: Personally, I don’t consider ‘nutrition’ an alternative or complementary medicine… it’s the foundation of our health and surely what we eat must be one of the most important influences on our bodies.
There is no conflict between science and nutrition – where do we get the ingredients for half of these drugs in the first place?]
Here’s why blackcurrants can take you back to a healthier you
The humble blackcurrant is one of those berries that has been side-lined by more exotic superfoods, but for no good reason.
It’s packed with five ingredients with powerful benefits:
• Antioxidants – helping fight cancer-causing free radicals
• Vitamin C – helps to protect your cells and keep them healthy
• Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – this is an omega 6 fatty acid found in the oils from blackberry seeds, as well as primrose oil, borage seed oil and hemp seed oil. We have less of it in our bodies as we get older.
• Anthocyanins – these are the flavonoids, the kind of which you get in green tea. They can help stop oxidative damage which can contribute to brain aging and failing memory. Once scientific study has linked them to better eyesight. They also have cancer-fighting properties. A 2010 study in Phytotherapy Research found that anthocyanins extracted from blueberries helped stop the growth of breast cancer cells.
• Polyphenolic substances – these are what the latest Scottish study found to be the key in slowing and reversing stomach tumour growth.
Oh, and here’s one more reason that some people might find that these fruits turn back the clock.
Some scientists in the US and UK believe that a diet that contains plenty of flavonoids could lower the risk of erectile dysfunction.
One such study was let by Professor Aedin Cassidy at the University of East Anglia). The team looked at flavonoid intake by 25,000 men over a decade.
Simply eating more flavonoids reduced the risk of problems in the bedroom by 10%…
But in those men who also did plenty of exercise, the risk was lowered by 21%!
If you want to find out more about this, please read my blog post A Surprisingly Fruity Solution for this Embarrassing Bedroom Problem.
As you’ll see in that blog post, there’s a remedy for prostate and erectile dysfunction problems that also uses Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – although not from Blackcurrant seeds but Borage oil. Click here to read more.
So how do you get the benefits of blackcurrants?
Well, simply buy them and eat them!
For a good dosage, try whipping them in a blender to make a juice that you can drink each morning.
Here’s a very basic recipe:
• 125g blackcurrants
• 200ml fresh orange juice
• 200g natural yoghurt
• 100g milk
• Some chopped strawberry, dates or mangos.
• Ice cubes
See how you get on with that – add more fruit and juice or swap the milk for soya or almond milk if you’re vegan.
You can also try some natural runny honey to add more sweetness and pack a bit more of a time-travelling health punch. Honey contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate, vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3.
Just make sure you get a high-quality honey that’s as raw, unfiltered and untreated as possible.
For stomach problems, like indigestion, bloating, IBS, ulcers, inflammation, low energy and bad skin, then I’d recommend you try a quality manuka honey. This is because the Manuka plant has specific medicinal effects on the stomach, as discovered by Captain Cook in the 18th Century when he used it to heal his ailing sailors.
So that’s it from me. I’ve come over a bit Jamie Oliver today with my fruit recipes but as you can see, there’s good science behind this and lots of health benefits.
I’ll be back with more youth restoration advice soon – do don’t go ageing!