THEY may be a humble berry, but don't underestimate the powerful actions that blackcurrants may offer for a range of health conditions, including allergies such as hayfever.
As antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, they may help reduce reactions that lead to allergenic reactions.
UK customers of CurraNZ are finding the supplement is highly effective for helping fight hayfever during spring and summer months, when used daily during the pollen seasons.
For sufferers, we recommend using one-two capsules daily. If pollen, tree or grass allergens are the cause of your symptoms, start using in the lead-up and during the spring/summer period when hayfever typically affects people.
There's good news for asthma sufferers too - studies show that blackcurrant-derived proanthocyanidins are the first to demonstrate suppression of cellular events that lead to allergy-induced asthma and/or allegenic conditions in general.
Sources: Blackcurrant proanthocyanidins augment IFN-y-induced suppression of IL-4 stimulated CCL26 secretion in alveolar epithelial cells. Mol. Nutr. Food Res. 2010, 54, 1-12. S Hurst, T McGhie, J MCooney, D Jensen, E Gould, K Lyall, R Hurst
Blackcurrant cultivar polyphenolic extracts suppress CCL26 secretion from alveolar epithelial cells. Royal Society of Chemistry: Food & Function 2014, 5, 671. Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Elaine M. Gould, Tony McGhie, Odette M. Shaw, Jacquie L. Harperc and Roger D. Hurst