SYNOPSIS: Researchers from the University of Chichester tested a group of recreationally active women during 30 minutes of brisk walking, after taking 600mg New Zealand Blackcurrant extract, CurraNZ, for seven days. The findings showed the supplement:
This study showed that women more than doubled their fat burning rates when compared to men undergoing the same exercise protocol.
The project in men2, published in 2021, showed blackcurrant is more effective with longer use, with a further 6% increase in fat burning rates after 14 days – with the potential for similar outcomes in women.
Individuals with larger concentrations of fat on their legs benefited more from the CurraNZ supplement than those with fat localised to their arms. Researchers believe this is because adipocytes (fat cells) in the legs may contribute more to fat burning during exercise than cells located in the arms or abdomen.
Mark Willems, Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, says: “We can seriously start to think that a blackcurrant extract is a very useful supplement for bodyweight management, when used with exercise and a restricted diet.
“These latest results provide yet more evidence that New Zealand blackcurrant extract can deliver greater benefit to people who carry extra weight - particularly in the legs.”