Research indicates a close link between menopause and dementia.

You are more than just a pretty face! Most medical research in women’s health revolves around cosmetics, reproductive fitness and breast cancer. Little research is dedicated to women’s brain health, according to Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College. There are studies that show a relationship … Read moreResearch indicates a close link between menopause and dementia.

Blackcurrant Anthocyanins can Aid in the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Diseases

The use of plant-based supplements as an alternative to preventing and treating several ailments is increasingly gaining market. Plants have a group of phytochemicals, responsible for their coloration, called anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve some symptoms and the progression of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, cataract, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and … Read moreBlackcurrant Anthocyanins can Aid in the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Diseases

Blackcurrant seed oil as a nutritional supplement intended for preventing and/or combating the harmful effects of xenobiotics on the skin…

..in particular on the skin’s immune system.” That is what a team of US researchers found and eventually filled for patent rights in 2003. According to their research available online, Dominique Castelli and Nathalie Issachar carried out a set of trials to test the effects of a combination of Blackcurrant seed oil (BCSO) and other compounds, such as β-carotene, … Read moreBlackcurrant seed oil as a nutritional supplement intended for preventing and/or combating the harmful effects of xenobiotics on the skin…

Elementor #876

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New research by Matthew David Cook, Stephen David Myers, Mandy Lucinda Gault, Victoria Charlotte Edwards and Mark Elisabeth Theodorus Willems, published in June 2017 in the European Journal of Applied Physiology journal, tested the effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant extract on speeding up fat and carbohydrate oxidation in human bodies.  Fat and carbohydrates are oxidized (broken down) and transformed into triglycerides and fatty acids, which are smaller molecules that can be more easily absorbed by … Read moreElementor #876

NZ Blackcurrant Plant Breeding Program

From Planting to Harvest: Geoff Langford, founder of Berryworld, talks about his New Zealand Blackcurrant breeding program at Plant & Food Research, in Lincoln (Canterbury).

Geoff and Jim have a chat about how new blackcurrant varieties naturally emerge through a process called “crossing” which leads to the growth and selection of the best New Zealand blackcurrant plants for the market.

Seedlings are carefully selected and grown in the nurseries at Plant & Food Research. They are later planted in the field and the best producers are later selected for breeding, and so on. This selection process, says Geoff, takes about 10 to 12 years for a new marketable blackcurrant variety to emerge!

The entire process, from plants to grow and start producing fruit, takes about 15 years. It all occurs naturally and all these amazing researchers do is select the best producing plants and also most resistant to diseases for the breeding program. GMO-free!

Excellent stuff!