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New study raises questions about the birth of new neurons in human adult brain.

A new research published in Nature this month has cast a shadow over a 20-year-old research that showed evidence of neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the adult human hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the human brain that is responsible for processing memory. A second paper published in 2003 by Jonas Frisén and colleagues supported […]

So… fat cells aren’t necessarily bad! Is that it?

According to a research recently published in Developmental Cell, fat cells help with the wound healing process in fruit fly.   When the fly pupae has a wound, immune cells called hemocytes arrive to the site first and fat cells follow. Then, hemocyces are brushed aside by the fat cells, which take over the healing […]

Blackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson explains the process of extracting the anthocyanins and essential fatty-acid oils Omega 3, 6 and 9 from the New Zealand blackcurrants. Blackcurrants have been used for centuries to make concentrate juice, jams and compotes, but its health benefits are basically […]

Harvesting Blackcurrants in New Zealand

It’s another Blackcurrant harvesting time in New Zealand! In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality® New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson shows the process of harvesting one of three blackcurrant varieties (suitable for BC extract production) grown in New Zealand: Ben Ard. According to research carried out by Plant & Food Research, Ben […]

A simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.

Australian and Japanese researchers are on to develop a simple, easy and cheap test that can detect spots of Dementia in the brain. Scientists have been investigating the use of blood tests in the search of a biomarker for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases for over a decade. However, this may be the first time […]

More hope of recovery after a stroke, new studies say.

Victims of cerebral venal thrombosis, or cerebral stroke, require the fastest intervention they can get in order to increase their chances of recovery. Thrombectomy, the surgical removal of a thrombus* from a blood vessel, is the normal procedure that a patient has to undergo within six hours after s/he had a stroke. However, two new studies published […]

NZ Blackcurrant may be beneficial for people who suffer from Type-2 Diabetes, new study says.

A new research done by Dr. Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, and collaborators has led to the conclusion that regular intake of New Zealand blackcurrant extract can help blood sugar levels to return to normal levels more quickly in type-2 diabetes sufferers. Their conclusion is based on a 7-day trial during which healthy participants […]

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 […]

Black currant (Ribes nigrum)

Synonyms / Common Names / Related Terms Alpha-linolenic acid, anthocyanin, anthocyanidin glycosides, anthocyanoside, astragalin, BCA, BCSO, black currant, black currant berry, black currant juice, black currant power, black currant seed oil, cassis (French, Spanish), cassistee, European black currant, European black currant, Feuilles de Cassis, gamma-linolenic acid, Gichtbeerblaetter, groselha preta (Portuguese), groselheira preta (f) (Bot.), Grossulariaceae […]

Recent study shows that prolonged intake of NZBC extract can speed up fat burn

Countless researches have been showing the health benefits of complimenting your diet with berries. Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) has been shown to have the highest concentration of the polyphenol anthocyanin. Polyphenols naturally occur in plants (hence, called phytochemicals) and they are responsible for the coloring in plants. Polyphenols also protect plants from the attack of insects […]