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 […]

The growing worldwide resistance to synthetic antibiotics. Can plants help us?

The frequent (and rather often) overuse of synthetic antibiotics to fight common infections has led us to an alarming worldwide growth in antibiotic resistance. The so called “superbugs” are believed to infect more than 2 million people and kill at least 23,000 in the USA alone (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC). […]

Black Currant Not Just Another Berry

icon

By: DALLAS CLOUATRE, PHD In this age of marketing of new fruits of every stripe—“super,” “exotic,” “rainforest,” etc. — it is easy to overlook the fact the best of the fruits for many purposes may be those long known. Bilberry is a good example. Black currant is another. Also called the cassis berry (Ribes nigrum), […]

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, […]

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 […]

Eating healthy can get tricky sometimes…

That’s what I learned throughout the years and this is what I get asked by people when I tell them I’m a pescatarian. I have been a pescatarian for over 20 years and it hasn’t always been easy. I’m originally from Brazil where meat plays a huge part in the culture, the cuisine and socializing. […]

No Pain No Gain (by Claire Sykes)

Do we need to feel Pain to get the Gain…. At the age of nineteen I discovered the sport of rowing. It was a harsh way into the world of fitness and “getting into” a competitive sport, to keep oneself out of mischief. Three times a day, running, rowing plus hours at the gym, I […]

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 […]

Vitality®New Zealand Blog awarded Top 100 Blogs in the country!

Top 100 New Zealand Blogs and Websites on the Web It is with great pride that we share these news! Vitality® New Zealand’s blog has made it to the 75th place among the top 100 blogs and websites in the country! Thanks Feedspot!   The Vitality® New Zealand Team

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 […]