The diets of our forebears were filled with fruits, berries such as blackcurrants, vegetables and meat. While our knowledge and understanding of our health has certainly come a long way, our cave dwelling compatriots were right about one thing – berries. Long established folklore dating back many centuries records that berries were used for their claimed medicinal benefits in alleviating a wide variety of health conditions from sore throats, to cardiovascular conditions, relief of eye strain, cancers, benefits in the onset of aging conditions and even in the treatment of urinary infections. While such claims are being increasingly subjected to careful on-going scientific investigation and scrutiny, there are increasing reports to suggest very real health benefits can arise from consuming berry fruit.
Reported benefits around Blackcurrants having a positive impact on eye health and vision is not surprising due to earlier claims that WW11 fighter pilots in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) regularly consumed bilberry preserves because they enhanced their night vision. Blackcurrants contain similar compounds to bilberries but in higher levels. This led to international researchers investigating whether Blackcurrants do have a substantive effect on eyesight. They were excited to find out that Blackcurrants assist eyesight in several ways:
- Improve eyesight focus
- Help adapt eyes to darkness
- Improve blood circulation
This is just the beginning for the humble berry and now further possible health benefits relating to Blackcurrant are being investigated including: Control of diabetes, Prevention of memory loss and slowing down the effects of ageing and disease.
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