Its intense red color allows the currant to stand out among all the berries. And in addition to being very good, it is also an excellent cure-all.
Berries are a must of the summer, and among them we cannot help but mention the red currant. Present in all the mountain areas of Italy, this fruit grows in bushes that bloom luxuriantly during the spring, while the harvest takes place during the summer. Whether cultivated or wild , red currant is a food rich in nutrients that make it an excellent tonic. Did you know that it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory?
Red currant: nutritional values
There are several varieties of this plant, but the most common are black currant and red currant. Today we want to analyze the latter, also known by the scientific name of ribes rubrum . As a fruit, it is mainly composed of water and contains little sugar. A portion of 100 grams provides about 55 calories , and is therefore a food that can be safely consumed if you follow a low-calorie diet.
Among its main nutritional characteristics, we note a high concentration of vitamins A, C, K and those of group B, but also of many mineral salts such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and sodium. It is also rich in anthocyanins , antioxidant substances that bring great benefits to our health.
Benefits and properties of red currant
During the summer, the intense heat leads us to sweat a lot and lose fluids and mineral salts: red currant, thanks to its nutritional values, acts as a tonic and energizer , allowing us to fill up on everything we need. It has also been shown that this fruit has an important anti-inflammatory action , especially for solving problems with the urinary tract.
The fibers facilitate digestion and intestinal regularity , as well as being excellent allies for those who want to lose weight. In fact, they help to increase the sense of satiety, and since red currant has a rather low glycemic index it is recommended for those who need to lose weight. The heart also benefits from this fruit. Potassium regulates blood pressure, while antioxidants prevent cellular aging and keep tissues in shape – including those of blood vessels.
Furthermore, this food contains a substance called cunarin , also used in the pharmaceutical field to produce anticoagulants: its effect consists in keeping the blood more fluid , preventing the formation of thrombus and helping the heart to work optimally. Finally, red currant has diuretic and purifying properties , as it stimulates the body to free itself from waste.
The therapeutic properties of red currant, as we have seen, are many. In addition to all those already listed, it is recommended to recover after sporting activity thanks to the presence of several mineral salts. And not only that: currant regulates the production of the stress hormone , cortisol and the work of the adrenal glands and helps fight infections. Finally, it also acts as a mild laxative thanks to the presence of fibers, it helps regulate intestinal activity and solve small problems of constipation.
Red currant: uses
In the kitchen, red currant is used in many preparations . It is identified as a particular and refined fruit, its acidity makes it perfect for combinations with both sweet and savory recipes (especially in the field of game). It is chosen to decorate fresh and summer desserts, such as cheesecake or mousse. Thanks to its very low glycemic index, it can be an excellent protagonist for centrifuges and smoothies . Together with cranberry it is recommended to consume it often especially in subjects suffering from cystitis .