Our grandmothers praised the anti-inflammatory virtues of blackcurrant, against rheumatism, for example. Today, we discover other qualities, such as helping the body adapt to stress.
Where does it come from? Blackcurrant comes from the mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. If it is known since antiquity, the first to evoke its therapeutic action is Hildegarde de Bingen. In the twelfth century, this religious naturopath visionary recommends ointments blackcurrant leaves to cure gout. Over time, blackcurrant has a strong medicinal reputation: diuretic, anti-migraine, anti-inflammatory. From the eighteenth century, the French, considering the plant as a true panacea, plant in their gardens.
What does it contain? Powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin C, in its berries and leaves (more than in orange and lemon), carotenoids, flavonoids, plenty of potassium, calcium and citric acid. Blackcurrant seeds also contain omega-3s.
What are its benefits? Diuretic, it works a real drainage of the body by eliminating all toxins (including uric acid), which has the effect of soothing pain. Studies recognize its effectiveness in treating painful joints. Antioxidants also support the adrenals, which regulate cortisol, the stress hormone. The plant is therefore an excellent antistress. Finally, blackcurrant would limit the release of histamine (substance responsible for allergic reactions).
How often? In case of stress, you can take a cure from the first days of autumn, until the heart of winter. Your joints and other sores that occur most often in wet weather will be relieved. You can restart the cure in the early days of spring, because of the detox and antiallergic effects of blackcurrant.
In which form? Delicious dried leaf tea infusion is ideal when compared to a longer decoction that evaporates essential nutrients. Blackcurrant is also available in the form of oral solution (Synergia Suspension) or vegetable capsules (Phytostandard PhytoPrevent). Finally, the buds (Gemmo Bio Maceratos from Santarome, Vitaflor or HerbalGem) have an even more powerful action, because it is the part of the plant where the antioxidants are the most concentrated.
Thanks to Sylvie Schafer, pharmacist and naturopath .