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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Recipes
    oven to 200C fan180C gas 6 In a wide based pan gently melt the butter for a few minutes Take a large bowl and mix together the oats flour sugar pistachios figs and lime zest then stir in the melted butter and golden syrup until combined and the oats are evenly coated Pour half the flapjack mixture into the base of the prepared tin then add a middle layer of

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Recipes
    caster sugar 200ml apple and pear juice Directions Place the blackcurrants and sugar into a pan and heat for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves and the fruit softens Sieve the blackcurrants to extract the liquid only discarding the pulp Divide the juice into the bottom of the lolly moulds and place in the freezer for about an hour or until the juice has nearly frozen solid Carefully pour

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Nutrition & Health | What Are Anthocyanins?
    against a myriad of ills including cardiovascular disease and ageing Eat a Rainbow We all know that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the optimum way to keep our bodies healthy and get essential nutrients into our diet But this is often easier said than done By visualising this task as a rainbow it may help to keep healthy eating on track by eating a wide variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables Blackcurrants are full of health promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins which give blackcurrants their distinctive dark purple colour The darker the blackcurrant the more anthocyanins it contains and the better it is for you British blackcurrants are grown and bred especially for their deep colour making them extra good for you Blackcurrants are also especially rich in Vitamin C containing more than three times as much as an orange They can even help prevent joint inflammation eyestrain and urinary infections Find out more about how eating blackcurrants can help keep you healthy What Are Anthocyanins Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant found in blackcurrants It s the anthocyanins in blackcurrants which give them their distinctive dark colour Blackcurrants grown in the British Isles are

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Nutrition & Health | Benefits Of Vitamin C
    to eat Vitamin C containing foods regularly preferably every day Reference McCance Widdowson The Composition of Foods 5th Ed RSC MAFF We must consume a minimum amount of Vitamin C to prevent scurvy The recommended daily allowance RDA for Vitamin C is 60 mg This is well above the level required to prevent scurvy to ensure that our bodies stay healthy However apart from the world s poorest countries diets in the 21st century are very unlikely to contain less than this minimum amount Vitamin C looks after body tissue health Vitamin C is needed by the body to make collagen an important structural material in bones teeth skin ligaments that connect bones to other bones in joints tendons that connect muscles to bones and cartilage that helps to provide cushioning in joints Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and its degradation leads to wrinkles Adequate Vitamin C is therefore necessary to maintain the health of all of these body tissues and deficiency can result in tooth loss joint pains and problems with bone and connective tissue Bibliography Ref 14 15 Vitamin C helps iron absorption Vitamin C helps the body absorb and use the iron we get from vegetables and cereals Bibliography Ref 16 17 18 19 Iron is an important mineral because it enables blood to carry oxygen to all our bodily tissues People who don t get enough iron from their food become anaemic Vitamin C boosts the immune system Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin C can boost many different parts of the immune system Bibliography Ref 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 For example Vitamin C is essential for the functioning of white blood cells Bibliography Ref 28 29 Vitamin C is necessary for the immune system to function and extra Vitamin C

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Nutrition & Health | Blackcurrant Fruit Composition
    with a wide variety of important antioxidants fibre and energy They may be small but blackcurrants are one of the richest natural sources of important antioxidants like anthocyanins and Vitamin C Blackcurrants have more than three times the Vitamin C of oranges and anthocyanin levels second only to some types of blueberry Bibliography Ref 1 These anthocyanins can help fight against cardiovascular disease ageing joint inflammation eyestrain urinary infections kidney stones and even cancer Why are local blackcurrants better for me Blackcurrants grown in the British Isles have a distinctive profile It s the anthocyanins in blackcurrants which give them their rich dark colour Our blackcurrants have been bred to maximise the deep rich purple colour which indicates higher levels of anthocyanins Are all blackcurrants the same No they are not different varieties of blackcurrant bush have different characteristics and produce different strains of fruit Where and how bushes are grown also affects the composition of the berries The composition of blackcurrants varies a lot depending on how ripe they are levels of sugars fruit acids and anthocyanins generally increase as the fruit ripens Anything else that s good for me As well as high levels of Vitamin C and other antioxidants blackcurrants contain soluble and insoluble fibre as well as important carbohydrates to give you energy Soluble fibre helps to slow down the release of nutrients particularly glucose into the blood stream which is healthier for the body Insoluble fibre speeds up the movement of food through the large intestine This will help keep you regular and make you feel full maybe even helping to reduce the risk of cancer Blackcurrants also contain fructose and glucose to give you energy What about blackcurrant juice Drinking blackcurrant juice is an easy way to get all that blackcurrant goodness in you during the non harvest season Blackcurrant juice is usually concentrated before it is used in drinks Detailed Breakdown of Ingredients Note There are one thousand milligrams mg in one gram g One million micrograms µg in one gram g One billion nanograms ng in one gram Blackcurrants contain a wide variety of nutrients They are widely known as being a good source of vitamin C providing nearly three times the Recommended Daily Allowance RDA in a 100g serve As well as playing a role as an essential nutrient vitamin C is also a strong antioxidant Blackcurrants are also a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre Soluble fibre helps slow down the release of nutrients into the blood stream particularly glucose and insoluble fibre helps us feel full and speeds up the movement of food through the large intestine They also provide energy mainly as fructose and glucose and the seeds contain essential fatty acids fats that play vital roles in the body but that the body can t make itself As well as containing useful levels of vitamins minerals and fibre some blackcurrant phytochemicals substances made by the plant are said to have other health benefits The main group

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - Nutrition & Health | Bibliography
    the Efficacy of Ascorbic Acid in Prophylaxis of Induced Rhinovirus 44 Infection in Man The Journal of Infectious Diseases 1973 128 4 500 505 38 Hume R and Weyers E Changes in Leucocyte Ascorbic Acid During the Common Cold Scottish Medical Journal 1973 18 3 7 39 The Scientific Committee for Food Reports of The Scientific Committee for Food 31st Series Nutrient and Energy Intakes for the European Community Opinion Expressed on 11 December 1992 Directorate General Industry The Commission of the European Communities 1993 40 Riemersma RA Epidemiology and the Role of Antioxidants in Preventing Coronary Heart Disease a Brief Overview Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 1994 53 59 65 41 Rock CL Jacob RA Bowen PE Update on the Biological Characteristics of Antioxidant Micronutrients Vitamin C Vitamin E and the Carotenoids Journal of the American Dietetic Association 1996 96 693 702 42 Perrig WJ et al The relation between antioxidants and memory performance in the old and very old J Am Geriatr Soc 1997 45 718 24 43 Masaki KH et al Association of Vitamin E and C supplement use with cognitive function and dementia in elderly men Neurology 2000 54 6 1265 1272 44 Rokitzki et al Dietary serum and urine ascorbic acid status in male athletes Int J Sports Med 1994 15 45 440 45 Fishbaine B Butterfield G Ascorbic Acid status of running and sedentary men Intl J Vit Nutr Res 1984 54 273 46 Phillips C and Yeowell H Vitamin C collagen biosynthesis and agin In Vitamin C in Health and Disease eds Lester Packer and Jurgen Fuchs marcel Dekker Inc New York 1997 205 231 47 Keith RE Vitamins and physical activity In Wolinsky I Hickson JF eds Nutrition in exercise and sport 2nd Ed CRC Press Bocca Raton FL 1994 159 183 48 Thompson D et al Prolonged Vitamin C supplementation and recovery from demanding exercise Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metah 2001 11 4 466 81 49 Kaminski M et al An effect of ascorbic acid on delayed onset muscle soreness Pain 1992 50 317 21 50 Lohmann Ascorbin acid and cataract Ann N Y Acad Sci 1987 498 307 311 51 Hankinson et al Nutrient intake and cataract extraction in women a prospective study Br Med J 1992 305 355 359 52 Leske et al The lens opacities case control study group Risk factors for cataracts Arch Ophthalmol 1991 109 244 251 53 Taylor et al Potential role of exogenous nutrients in modifying oxidative damage in the eye Investigative Ophthalmology Visual Science 1995 36 s192 54 Reiss et al Ascorbic acid levels in the aqueous humor of nocturnal diurnal mammals Arch Opthalmol 1986 104 753 755 55 Halliwell B Vitamin C antioxidant or pro oxidant in vivo Free Radic Res 1996 25 439 54 56 Frei B et al Ascorbate the most effective antioxidant in human blood plasma Adv Exp Med Biol 1990 264 155 63 57 Gaby et al Vitamin intake and health A scientific review New York Marcel

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - FAQs | British Blackcurrants and Distribution
    using imported blackcurrants Where can consumers get British blackcurrants from and at what times during the year British Blackcurrants are available fresh between July and August in most major supermarkets Can British blackcurrants be frozen If so do they still retain the same nutritional properties Generally they do pretty well It is advised that you freeze them then eat them at a later date As with any other fruit prolonged

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  • The Blackcurrant Foundation - FAQs - The British Blackcurrant Foundation
    fruit or veg in one climate is quite significant Consumers have become very used to being able to source fresh fruit and veg all year round and we are also trying to promote eating them frozen and drinking them in juice smoothies yoghurts and squashes all year round How many blackcurrants are produced in a season Blackcurrant Foundation members grow just under 5 000 acres the equivalent of 4 000 football pitches of blackcurrants across the British Isles which produces a crop of approximately 14 000 tonnes of fruit every year during the harvest season in July and August although this depends on the climate during the season Most commercial growers average about 50 acres 4 000 bushes per acre producing optimum yields of 4 tonnes per acre depending on bush health and season 6 tonnes on a bumper year What makes British blackcurrants so healthy Blackcurrants don t just taste delicious eating them can help protect your body against ageing and a myriad of ills including cardiovascular disease Blackcurrants are full of health promoting antioxidants It s these special antioxidants called anthocyanins which give blackcurrants their distinctive dark colour The darker the blackcurrant the more anthocyanins it contains British blackcurrants are grown and bred especially for their deep colour making them extra good for you What are the health benefits of eating or drinking blackcurrants Previous studies have found that British blackcurrants appear to help inhibit or in some cases reduce the effects of many of the chronic and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer s Disease Diabetes Cancer Heart disease Visual function eye strain Among others It should be noted that besides all the wonderful anthocyanins blackcurrants also contain a myriad of other good compounds such as vitamins C B2 E and K as well as calcium iron selenium and

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