Basic information about Currant
Currant belongs to berries; it grows mostly wild, although it is cultivated as a cultivated species. Today, the most commonly grown are two types of currants:
1. Red Currant (Ribes rubrum)
2. Black currant (Ribes nigrum)
Red currant gives small red berries with acidic taste. The black currant is somewhat larger and gives the berries, which has the stronger taste than reddish, so that at the end of the maturation they get a completely dark color.
In addition to the raw state, currant can be found in form of jam, jelly, syrup, juice.
What is the nutritive composition of currant?
Currant is a small multivitamin bomb, because it contains a lot of vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin E. It also contains significant vitamin K. Currant is abundant with carotenes that give it a red color. Black currant is abundant in anthocyanin.
Currant contains both niacin and pantothenic acid. In addition to vitamins, currant contains flavonoids, tannins, pectin, and organic acids.
What are the Health Benefits of Currant?
1. Opens appetite, strengthens and cleanses organism
2. Respond to an immune response and protect the body from infection
3. Recommended for anemic persons and after illness or recovery
4. Promotes the work of the intestines, and affects the metabolism
5. Currant can also be used by diabetics
6. Reduces blood pressure, cleanses blood, prevents the formation of thrombus
7. Impact on kidney work and eliminates the symptoms of rheumatism
Tea from currant leaves
From the leaves of currant, it is possible to prepare tea for the problem with liver, high blood pressure, in kidney diseases, inflammation of urinary vessel, as well as for cleansing of blood vessels.
Tea is prepared by putting two teaspoons of scrubbed leaves of black currant into two deciliters of water, leaving two or three minutes to rest, strain and drink.