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In a previous Blog, I profiled one of the global blackcurrant industry’s most respected researchers, Prof Mark Willems, of the University of Chichester in the United Kingdom.

Although most of Prof Willems work has focussed on blackcurrants and exercise physiology his latest published work looks at NZ Blackcurrant powder and support for healthy Blood sugar balance. This research has just been published in Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2017: 7 (7): 483-493.

The research used our Sujon Blackcurrant powder. The paper says that “regular intake of the powder may support healthy blood sugar balance in health individuals and recommends that “future work should examine the effects of regular intake of New Zealand blackcurrant.

In a future column, I’ll explain what conditions cause fruits and vegetables grown in New Zealand (especially blackcurrants grown in the South Canterbury and Motueka Nelson areas) to have a unique polyphenolic profile that may offer a range of significant human health values if included in the diet.

It is important for me to stress the following when I refer to research:

  • Research can be indicative of possible values to humans but most current research requires significant more trials before values are proven.
  • While research is being carried out people should simply enjoy blackcurrants as part of a balanced diet of many foods; especially fruits and vegetables.
  •  Our Sujon Blackcurrant powder is simply whole blackcurrants freeze dried, seeds removed, and then milled to a beautiful richly coloured powder. No additives!
  • No-one should use the above information in any way to treat themselves without discussing first with their medical professional.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet.

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We were speaking with Mika and we’re all super happy to hear he’s loving using our new product! Makes all the hard work getting it out there worthwhile when we get fab feedback like this!…

“I started using Sujon blackcurrant powder when I came to play basketball in Nelson this year. I take a heaped teaspoon each morning and then again after I have finished my last training of the day.

I feel that it really helps me recover and even when I am doing hard power sessions at the gym I don’t seem to have as much muscle soreness in the next days. I am a very physical player and I find that this season I have been recovered after games much more quickly and am ready to train again the next day.

I have recently had an injury and have recovered in almost half the predicted time. I am sure this is due to good rehabilitation and blackcurrant.

As I move on with my basketball career Sujon blackcurrant powder will be an important part of my training regime. It will go on the road to world champs with me this year! I really notice if I have not taken it. I love it and how it makes me feel.”

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Abstract Conclusion
Our latest research findings support the concept that consumption of blackcurrant anthocyanins alleviate oxidative stress, and may, if given at the appropriate amount and time, complement the ability of exercise to enhance immune responsiveness to potential pathogens.

… and in scientific speak – Short-term blackcurrant extract consumption modulates exercise-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated inflammatory responses.
References include: Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 297: R70-R81, 2009. First published April 29, 2009 K. A. Lyall, S. M. Hurst, J. Cooney, D. Jensen, K. Lo, R. D. Hurst, and L. M. Stevenson

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This is so easy it’s embarrassing when people ask you for the recipe. It tastes creamy but it’s got no fat added and it tastes so good you can’t believe it’s good for you. It’s a superb breakfast drink or can be watered down more for a very relaxing non-alcoholic drink on a hot summers night. And it could be the ideal next-morning pick-you-up: Blackcurrants relax blood vessels in the body, and hangover headaches are caused by blood vessels tightening around the grey matter. So if you feel better you know why!

You need:
I cup Sujon Blackcurrants
1 cup chopped apple (leave skin on but take out the core)
1 cup apple juice
1 cup ice cubes
What to do:

– Add all to blender and blend for minute or so until creamy and no large fruit pieces left.
– Stir occasionally if it’s left sitting before drinking.
– Go for it!

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“It took less than a week for me to notice the effects of Sujon Blackcurrant Powder on a recurring muscle injury. I take the powder daily as well as after long training sessions, and just wish I had tried Sujon Powder before spending hundreds of dollars on sports physiotherapy and podiatrist consultations! Exercising in high heels is really hard on my ankles and it’s great to wake up in the morning without them feeling stiff and sore”.
Sarah Bevernage – International Dance Sport Competitor

We met Joanna at the Christchurch Food Show last week and we are happy to hear she’s getting great results from our blackcurrant powder…

“Sujon Blackcurrant powder is invaluable. It has made a huge difference to my energy during training and also speed of muscle recovery and decreased muscle soreness after training. There has also been a noticeable decrease in visual strain from my computer screen. I will never be without this product again… Thanks again for providing such an outstanding product – the more people that understand the benefits the better, I am certainly encouraging our company to try it!” – Joanna Lumsden, Online Consultant – House of Travel, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Kelly summited NZ’s highest peak, Mount Cook in December 2009. She talks about her experience with the blackcurrant powder…

“The powder gave me the ability to train harder and longer for the climb… it helped me recover phenomenally quickly. I was stoked, following the climb that week I was out running, muscle fatigue was non-existent.”

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Dawn Chalmers – Sports Physiotherapist and NZ’s number one ranked female boxer has SuJon Blackcurrant powder in her corner…

“I noticed the great effects of Sujon Powder right from the first time I used it and I think this product really rocks. The high impact nature of competitive boxing often results in delayed-onset-muscle soreness (DOMS) and the Sujon powder really helps me combat this. I take one tea-spoon after training and feel great the next morning.

This powder really does what it says, tastes nice and I love that it is low in calories, convenient to use and available when ever I need it. It’s great to be able to recommend a natural, NZ made product to my patients including international and recreational athletes.

It is great to have the advantages of Sujon powder in my corner in my quest to qualify for the Olympics.”

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Nelson Giants player is on the juice and its helping him to be his best…

“I began taking the blackcurrant powder at the start of our preseason conditioning phase. I came to this phase in worse shape than usual, and was expecting stiffness and pain from the sessions to be worse than in previous years. In fact, I felt better in the mornings following training than I have in the past 10 years of preseason training. As well as decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue, I felt like I had more energy than in the past.

My physical training now involves a lot of power specific weight sessions, which are typically very jarring, and hard on the muscles and joints causing muscle pain in the next 2 days. Again my body feels better than ever, with minimal stiffness and muscle fatigue. It means I can train better day after day.

Sujon Blackcurrant is now a regular part of my pre-training and recovery regime, and it will be for the rest of my playing career.”

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Nelson Giants player Mike Fitchett uses Sujon Blackcurrant as a regular part of his pre-training and recovery regime.

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The USDA has tested over 1000 foods, ranking them by their nutrient density of the top 14 essential nutrients; and then by the amount of calories you eat in order to achieve that density.

(The nutrients are: Protein, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, folate.)

Nutrient Density is the amount of goodness you get. Nutrient Richness is the amount of calories you have to also eat to achieve the goodness.

And amazingly the Blackcurrant is the world’s number one food for BOTH nutrient density AND for Nutrient Richness. The most goodness and the most goodness for the least calories!

So if you’re into a balanced diet (having good food to balance your fast food and fast lifestyle!): add some Sujon Blackcurrant Powder to your diet – go to for more information.

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