Red Currants for Beautiful Skin

There are the many reasons why it is highly desirable to include red currants in a healthy diet.

Red currants, although small, are actually tiny "superfruits" that offer a whole range of healthy benefits. These berries are low in fat, low in calories, high in healthy fibre, and loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are key to looking youthful, feeling great and keeping healthy and nourished. 

Red currants have a flavour similar to blackberries. They are not as popular as other berries as they are too tart to eat by themselves, however, they are not to be tossed aside, as they contain many health benefits and are particularly rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Their beautiful appearance and striking colour make them brilliant decorative pieces and garnishing items in different cuisines.

Red currants are available frozen all year round, and fresh during the summer months. They are most often made into jams and jellies, are popular in various desserts, and are great for adding to smoothies - You can freeze red currants in ice cube trays and, by adding them to your smoothie while still frozen, will help keep your smoothies thick and frosty. Delicious!!

Red Currant Smoothie

1. Red Currants for Beautiful Skin
Red currants are packed with nutrients that are particularly beneficial for skin. Red currants in particular are rich in B vitamins and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights and even reverses free radical damage in skin cells.These vitamins also help with skin cell regeneration and can even reverse the damage caused by the sun's harmful UV rays. This makes red currants a great food to add to your skin care diet. Eating red currants daily will keep your skin younger-looking, smoother and glowing.

2. Red Currants for Iron.
Red currants are rich in iron, which is popularly known to be essential for the formation of red blood cells that carry blood and other nutrients to various cells and organs in the body. Iron deficiency results in anemia, chronic fatigue, and sluggishness. Lack of iron can be avoided by taking iron rich foods including fruits like red currants. Add a serve of red currants to your bowl of oats and sprinkle with cinnamon for an iron-rich breakfast, full of fibre and antioxidants. Vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of iron, so these little beauties can be beneficial for people who are following a vegetarian diet.

3. Red Currants for Vitamin C.
Red currants are rich in vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, preventing infection and helping us recover from illnesses. It prevents not only common colds, but also gives the body the ability to fight against the formation of certain kinds of cancers. Vitamin C also plays an antioxidant role in the respiratory tract, thus proving to be a source of relief for asthmatics. The vitamin C contained in red currants also contains anti-histamine properties, which prevent and reduce the effect of allergies.

4. Red Currants for Fibre.
These little red berries are packed with a fairly large dose of fibre content. Fibre is an essential part of a balanced diet that helps regulate your digestion and bowel function. So, eating this little fruit ripe can help prevent constipation, which is rampant in today's society because of junk food that is refined and virtually fibre free. Fibre contains no calories and is digested slowly, which means that by adding some red currants to your diet could help you feel full longer. Mix frozen or fresh red currants with almonds, raspberries, black currants and cherries, and either enjoy alone, or top with vanilla yoghurt for a healthy snack.

5. Red Currants for Potassium.
The potassium level in red currants is a heart-healthy mineral that plays an important role in cardiovascular health. Potassium is required to maintain fluid balance. It helps relax muscles, including the heart muscle relaxation. It also helps prevent hypertension and lowers blood pressure. Potassium is also beneficial to the kidneys, and is known to reduce the risk of strokes as well.

6. Red Currants for Magnesium.
Magnesium is important for your body as it protects the health of your bones, plays a role in heart function and is involved with your nerves and muscles. It also helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure as well as protecting your immunity. Red currants are a great addition to salads, they pair well with cucumber, mint, cherry tomatoes, cashews, kale, rocket and feta.

Whatever you decide to do with red currants, eating them as part of a well-balanced diet offers many health benefits, will have your skin glowing and radiant, and will help keep you regular.....What more can you ask from these little beauties!!

Red Currant in a basket Pamper by Nature

 

August 16, 2016 by Pam Northey

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