From Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester – Presented at The Blackcurrants NZ Conference, August 2015.

Take Home Facts from Recent Trials – Blackcurrants & Sport

1. New Zealand Blackcurrants improved time by 2.4% in a 16.1 km cycling time-trial performance.

Accepted for publication June 2015 –Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology

2. New Zealand Blackcurrants increased ‘fat oxidisation’ aka ‘burning fat’ by 27% at exercise intensity of 65% when cycling. (show cycling pic)

Accepted for publication June 2015 – Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology

another article

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3. Sujon New Zealand blackcurrant powder resulted in a complete shift of the lactate curve which you normally only get from months & months of endurance training. This complete shift was a 14% decrease in lactate, as shown in graph below.

Accepted for publication March 2015 – Willems et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

 another article

4. In a repeated sprints study, New Zealand blackcurrants improved sprinting distance by 11%.

Accepted for publication March 2015, Perkins et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolismanother article


New Zealand Blackcurrants were only taken for a 7 day period in all of Prof Willems trials. The dose was 6gm of Sujon Blackcurrant Sport powder.

The Question Professor Willems now wants to answer is what is the optimal dosing of New Zealand Blackcurrants in Sports performance?

“Endurance and team sport athletes may consider intake of New Zealand blackcurrant to beneficially enhance training practice, performance and recovery.”

– Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester.

Research on Blackcurrants and Sport So Far
Before 1995 therhits.1jpge were virtually no scientific papers on anthocyanins that are also present in blackcurrants. From 1995 – 2015 we see an explosion of study with nearly 6748 scientific papers on anthocyanins alone, as shown below.
And the studies on ‘Anthocyanins’ and ‘Exercise’ were zero until sometime after 1995. We have still only a mere 23 scientific papers up to 2015, of which only a handful on the effects of blackcurrant.hits

Studies at the University of Chichester were the first on effects of New Zealand blackcurrant during exercise.

So we can see that while we now have good handle on blackcurrants and their health benefits; we are only beginning to fully understand, as scientists and sports-people, the true benefits of blackcurrants in sport.

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Ergogenic aids are any external influences that enhance athletic performance or facilitate physical exercise.

Professor Mark Willems, pioneering research on New Zealand Blackcurrants.

Professor Mark Willems, pioneering research on New Zealand Blackcurrants.

Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at Chichester University, was sponsored by the Sujon team to present his blackcurrant-ergogenic research at the International Blackcurrant Conference in Europe in June this year.

“I recover faster and can train harder the next day” - Mika Vukona, NZ TALL BLACK on Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

“I recover faster and can train harder the next day” – Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black on Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

Sujon is the global pioneer into the use of blackcurrant for sport: we started our own research 8 years ago with Nelson-based Giants basketball team and basketball greats such as Mike Vukona who still use our powder as part of their training-nutrition regime. Prof Willems has used the Sujon powder in a wide range of research topics at his UK University base.

At the International Conference Prof Willems presented evidence that New Zealand-sourced blackcurrants speed up muscle recovery by reducing muscle damage and inflammation following bouts of high intensity exercises. Much of Professor Willem’s research focussed on cycling performance but the results are applicable to all sport (both event performance and training).

Sujon takes its leadership role in this area of blackcurrant sport ergogenics seriously: our commitment to each and every athlete (professional/amateur/”weekend-warrior”) is that the same Sujon Blackcurrant powder used by science research teams in Europe, Japan and Australasia, is the product available to you through our health and sport store retailers and also on our website

Expect more news on research results later this year: and enjoy Sujon being one of your most valuable ergogenic partners as you look to excel in your sporting code!

A copy of Prof Willems presentation is available for download here:


 Presentation: New Zealand Blackcurrant: A New Ergogenic Aid in Sport?

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This is the perfect tapa for your next dinner party! Serving up something just a little different that is also tasty and healthy.. It goes down a treat every time.

  Recipe  - Cheeseboard with Raspberry, Boysenberry Comfit & Cinnamon-maple- another article


1st stage

1 cinnamon quill

½ cup frozen Boysenberries

½ cup frozen Raspberries

1 Tbsp Raspberry Wine vinegar

1/4 cup white wine

2  small rounds of gourmet cheese –e.g  Camembert/brie.

2nd stage

1 Tbsp Arrowroot

3Tbsp Manuka honey

1 Tbspn Maple Syrup


Mix all the 1st stage ingredients together in pot until all melted, then add honey and Maple Syrup. Simmer till melded then thicken with arrowroot. To thicken, mix 1 Tbsp of arrowroot into just enough cold liquid to mix it all together into a ‘slurry’. Then you pour the slurry into the comfit and mix in to thicken. Allow to stand for 10 minutes and serve with cheese.

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Go on… indulge!

Serves: 6

  • 2/3 cup Tia Mariaraspberry tiramisu recipe - another recipe
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 375g (low fat) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons icing sugar to taste
  • 300g frozen Sujon Raspberries
  • 250g sponge finger biscuits
  • sifted cocoa or grated chocolate


  1. Line a 20cm x 6cm deep, square cake pan or baking dish with plastic wrap.
  2. Stir 2 tablespoons Marsala into coffee and pour into a shallow dish. Combine cream cheese, remaining Marsala and mascarpone in a food processor until smooth. Sweeten with icing sugar to taste.
  3. Dip approx. 7 sponge fingers into coffee to coat and arrange in base of cake pan, halving them to fit if necessary. Scatter half the rasapberries on top and cover with 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Repeat sponge finger, raspberry and cheese layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. To serve: Dust top with cocoa or grated chocolate. Cut into squares and serve. Best eaten same day as made.

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GOODAMIT MERV looks like I’m on blackcurrant powder for life.

—–Original Message—–

From: Hugh Roberts
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 1:49 PM
To: Merv Randle Email
Subject: Blackcurrant Powder


It looks like I’m on blackcurrant powder for life. BP has dropped and is now absolutely normal for someone with type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels have dropped 10 points. The doc asked what I have done to cause this, I said I take blackcurrant powder, he said, sorry, never heard of it. I said I was told that it would lower my blood pressure and blood sugar levels. He said who told you that, I said the bloke that sold it to me. Anyway he made a note of it to google later but the proof is in the results.
The practice nurse didn’t realise I had an appointment with the doc and rang Gwenda this morning all excited when she saw the test results.
Thank HL for the milk shake lollies, I hope they are sugar free…


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SUJON MIXED BERRY PASHKA - another recipeSick of plain old ice-cream for dessert? Next time you have guests over, why not bring out something a little different for dessert? With our simple mixed berry pashka, you’ll have everybody smiling :)

4 Servings


• 1 cup chopped Sujon frozen berries
• 1/4 cup almond meal
• 6 T Cream cheese (spreadable version)
• 2 T Lemon Curd
• Pinch of Black Sesame seed
• Ice-cream wafer cone

Mix the soft cream cheese and curd together with Almond meal. Add frozen fruit and fold gently, pipe into small glasses and sprinkle with black sesame and top with a broken piece of wafer ice cream cone.

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Serves 4


  • 500g Sujon Frozen Berriessujon thick shake recipe- another article
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream

Place frozen berries in a blender and with the motor running and using the pulse button, add as much milk as you need to achieve the consistency of thick shake that you would like, add ice-cream. Pour into glasses and serve.

A Kiwi-Japanese science team starts to lay the foundation for developing solutions for some of the world’s major health issues!

New Zealand blackcurrants a global ‘stress solution’?  - Another article

A new research collaboration between New Zealand and Japan will investigate whether NZ blackcurrant-based foods can improve the ‘management’ of human carbohydrate metabolism. This could lead to an improvement in physical and cognitive performance. As a consequence this could combat the onset of diabetes, obesity, and cognitive decline associated with ageing.

The opportunity if the research is successful could be huge. Diabetes, one of the manifestations of metabolic syndrome currently affects more than 371 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 552 million by 2030. In New Zealand more than 350,000 are believed to have diabetes and in Japan more than 17 million people are believed to have diabetes or be glucose intolerant.

Over the last 5 years anecdotal evidence from a Sujon blackcurrant powder customer supplement suggested that a New Zealand blackcurrant sport supplement could provide benefit: taking the Nelson-based Sujon blackcurrant supplement had significantly improved their diabetes symptoms.

Sujon’s Managing Director, John Gibb, discussed the phenomenon with Japanese research scientists and scientists at Plant & Food Research who were already working with the Gibb’s. They agreed there could be a scientific rationale from the global scientific literature for the blackcurrant diabetes benefit. It was all to do with the potential regulation by blackcurrant polyphenols of different aspects of carbohydrate metabolism. The potential of the concept was further confirmed by other research discoveries by Plant & Food around the same issue of carbohydrate metabolism. Plant & Food then developed a research programme in discussion with Sujon’s Japanese advisors, the Japanese scientists and Massey University scientists, which was the basis of a grant application to the NZ Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

This finding was of immediate interest to the Japanese researchers as it could be a key to the overriding global health issue of metabolic syndrome. Diabetes is just one of the manifestations of metabolic syndrome: a disorder of energy utilisation responsible for many major health issues, from obesity to cardiac health, stroke, and diabetes. The science could also be relevant to people interested in maintaining energy levels and cognitive performance during everyday activities, and sports-minded individuals and athletes looking to improved endurance over sustained physical activity.

The result is a $400,000 MBIE research grant for the project, with the science being a collaboration between Plant & Food Research’s Prof Roger Hurst and Associate Prof John Podd (School of Psychology, Massey University), and Japanese scientists Dr Hirohito Ishikawa (Research Fellow, Healthcare Systems Co., Ltd.), Prof Toshihiko Osawa (Dean, Dept. of Health & Nutrition, Aichi Gakuin University) and Prof Yoki Kato (Professor, School of Human Science & Environment, University of Hyogo).

The research will use Sujon New Zealand-grown blackcurrant formulations. A Sujon product had already been proven in pilot human clinical trials for related value in sport endurance and lactate stress. This new project also follows from a wealth of efficacy information and expertise that Plant & Food has created on the benefits of NZ-grown blackcurrants for managing oxidative stress and inflammation for improved recovery post exercise.

Prof Roger Hurst says that the underlying phytochemical values of blackcurrants could also positively impact on the management of energy levels in sports minded individuals (both professional athletes and ‘weekend warriors’) as well as cognitive performance in the general population under certain situations. These hypotheses will be tested as part of the two-year project.

Sujon Berryfruits is a Nelson-based company owned by John and Sue Gibb and family. The Company was the first in the world to produce a 100% natural blackcurrant powder supplement marketed for use by athletes. The Superfood Powder supplement is used and anecdotally endorsed by many global athletes, including Olympians and World Champions for both sports performance and muscle recovery.
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A mix of your fav summer berries into the perfect dessert for you, your friends and whanau to enjoy!

4 Servings


  • 500g Sujon Frozen Mixed BerriesMixed Berry Sundae Recipe
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups whipped cream or thickened cream
  •  2 tablespoons Cocao nibs or Chocolate flakes

Partially thaw Frozen fruit, then whizz half of these mixed berries into a puree with a stick blender adding the honey. Swirl the puree through the cream then layer with berries in pottles. Sprinkle on top with cacao nibs. Enjoy! ;-)

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SuperFood Snack Bar recipe - another article

Junk food is out. Superfood is in!

Instead of those junk filled sugary snacks, why put some goodness into your kids lunch boxes, or your pre/post training snacks?.. Below we have a wholesome, tasty and soooo satisfying Superfood bar Recipe. You can even add dark chocolate bits for a treat if you like!


250gm pitted prunes

2 cups ground almonds

½ cup coconut oil – melted

½ cup sunflower

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup coconut chips

2 tbsp spirulina powder

2 tbsp Sujon blackcurrant powder (buy online at

1/3 cup gogi Berries

Process prunes, ground almonds, spirulina, back current powder and coconut oil in a food processor until blended into a smooth firm paste that clumps together in the bowl.  Tip prune mixture into a wide bowl and using wet hands kneed the remaining ingredients through until well combined. Press mixture into a baking-paper-lined sponge roll tin and chill until firm. Remove from tin and peel baking paper from the back. Cut into squares and enjoy!

The blackcurrant powder in this bar is great for sports performance and muscle recovery.  You can purchase this superfood powder from

Recipe kindly supplied by Mana Natural Health 99 St Andrews Road Plimmerton Wellington.

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