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    CurraNZ increases fat burning in women and is body composition dependent

    on April 12, 2022

    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:

    • Increased fat burning by an average 25%
    • Increased fat burning by an average of 32% and up to 66% in those who responded to blackcurrant
    • Nine improved by 14% or more

    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.”


      1. Enhanced Walking-Induced Fat Oxidation by New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract Is Body Composition-Dependent in Recreationally Active Adult Females Willems, M.E.T.; Banic, M.; Cadden, R.; Barnett, L Nutrients 2022, 14, 1475.
      2. Daily and Not Every-Other-Day Intake of Anthocyanin-Rich New Zealand Blackcurrant Extract Alters Substrate Oxidation during Moderate-Intensity Walking in Adult Males, was published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, October 2020,