New Zealand blackcurrants linked to improved cardiovascular health in athletes
New Zealand Blackcurrants are being regarded in the UK as a ‘superfood’ and for good reason. A recent dose response study by Cook et al. (2016) at the University of Chichester has shown that blackcurrants are beneficial for athletes’ cardiovascular health, giving them the potential to go harder for longer. Results showed improvements in cardiac output (15-28%), stroke volume (7-18%) and total peripheral resistance (20%), and it is the anthocyanins that give blackcurrants their characteristic rich dark purple colour that are responsible for this.