Kale? Forget it. Spinach? So 2016. Beetroot? On the bench! This year is all about the humble blackcurrant - packed with health-promoting compounds called anthocyanins, they make clinical differences to muscle recovery time after intense exercise. Scientifically proven to work, it's the 100% pure, 100% natural way to improve your fitness!
In fact, blackcurrant is so effective it was even used at the 2016 Rio Olympics by top athletes to improve their training and prevent the dreaded ‘DOMS’ – delayed onset muscle soreness. The top nutritionist at the England Institute of Sport revealed CurraNZ, the leading blackcurrant extract capsules, was a key part of the British Olympic team’s nutrition strategy, potentially aiding them smash their medal predictions in the country’s most successful Games.
Health Journalist Anna Magee said:
The last 12 months have seen a rise in interest in the muscle and fat-burning benefits of beetroot, thanks to its nitric oxide content. Now, blackcurrants are set to take centre stage for similar reasons. Rich in antioxidants known as anthocyanins, blackcurrants are being hailed for their effects on muscle recovery, performance and fat-burning. University studies have tested New Zealand blackcurrant extract, taken in supplement form for a concentrated dose, and shown it can increase fat loss by up to a third during exercise. It may also dilate the body’s blood vessels, resulting in up to 20 per cent increased blood flow and nutrient and oxygen delivery to cells.
CurraNZ is a new blackcurrant supplement that is 35 per cent anthocyanin, so a concentrated form of blackcurrants. I have been taking it for muscle soreness after exercise for six weeks and experienced no muscle pain after weightlifting, something that may be down to the anti-inflammatory effects of the anthocyanin compounds.
The University of Chichester recently unveiled their latest study, confirming NZ blackcurrant extract is highly beneficial for cycling performance. Mark Willems, Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, says:
“While we have found blackcurrant has a bigger impact on performance over longer distance of 16.1km, this project shows that blackcurrant is still worthwhile for performance in short-duration, repeated time trials in cyclists. The picture that is emerging is that New Zealand blackcurrant is beneficial for improving endurance performance in athletes and anything involving short bursts of high intensity work with short recovery periods.”
To learn more about the amazing benefits of blackcurrant, watch the video HERE.