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Blackcurrants are boosters

25th August 2006

It appears that blackcurrants can be relied upon to assist with an increasing number of illnesses.

Acknowledged to help prevent Alzheimer's disease, fight cancer, urinary tract infections and even heart disease, the little bubbles of purple appear to be a superfood for the hospital bug MRSA as well.

According to a blackcurrant grower group, scientific studies published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology have found that the fruits are particularly effective at inhibiting the growth of MRSA, Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.

"It is clear from the increasing number of scientific studies that the natural compounds found routinely in blackcurrants show a diverse range of anti-microbial activities which may help reduce the incidence of or help alleviate the symptoms of infection by the life threatening ones known as MRSA," said Derek Stewart from the Scottish Crop Research Institute.

The health-boosting compounds are called proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and ellagitannins.

Proanthocyanidins have been shown to interrupt the proliferation of bad bacteria.