Blackcurrants: New Exercise Enhancer?

Blackcurrants: New Exercise Enhancer?

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Blackcurrants: New Exercise Enhancer?

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By Cari Martens

PHOTO: John Kirk-Anderson

New research indicates eating blackcurrants could help athletes recover from the impact of exercise.

The preliminary study by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research showed that an extract from the New Zealand-grown fruit, taken in capsule form before and after exercise, could minimize muscle damage and inflammation, and boost the immune system.

The paper was published in the American Journal of Physiology and reported on the New Zealand web site stuff.co.nz.

The link between blackcurrants and exercise had been previously noted in Japanese studies linked to sustained computer use and keyboard typing.

Karl Crawford, Plant & Food business manager for food innovations, said ‘We know we’re on the right track in our belief that fruit extracts, combined with exercise, can have a beneficial effect on human health.’

Hmm. We wonder, could blackcurrant extract become the new steroid? And has Manny heard about this?

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