Black currant grows in Asia and Europe. For a long time, it has been in use as medicine and food. The astringent taste of black currant goes together with many dishes and beverages. Its berries and leaves are used as additives in alcoholic drinks. The main active property in black currant seed is the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This ingredient has properties that are useful in treatment of diverse medical conditions.
Gamma-linolenic acid is an omega-6 acid that is used to improve nerve functioning for diabetes patients, improve or maintain bone mass and appropriate calcium absorption, and relieve dry eye. It is also useful in preventing or in reduction of allergic reactions from allergic patients who generally lack this acid.
The black currant seed controls inflammation by assisting the body to develop a hormone known as prostaglandin. The hormone counteracts the inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. By decreasing the inflammatory cytokines, this acid in black currant seed oil may alleviate the painful symptoms of this particular disease like joint pain and morning stiffness.
Controlling of cardiovascular health
Even though there have been groundwork research on the benefits of gamma linolenic acid in cardiovascular health, it may prove to be helpful in lessening blood pressure. Clinical studies have showed that patients of peripheral artery condition improved from their conditions when they took both omega-3 fatty acid and gamma-linolenic acid. The properties of the black currant seed may further lessen cholesterol levels and platelets aggregation and also reduces the effects of menstrual cramps and breast pains. In addition, it has anti-clotting properties that prevent blood from clotting
Other important uses
Finally, the black currant seed oil has some anti aging properties. These properties decrease the signs of aging in the body tissues by thwarting the effects of worked up minds. The premature aging is prevented by reducing wrinkle formation and repair of damaged tissues. Omega-6 fatty acids can also be used in treatment of eczema, liver toxicity and the withdrawal signs of alcohol abuse. Black currant seed also has analgesic properties which helps reduce joint pains caused by rheumatitis and arthritis. Black currant seed oil can aid in restoring damages to the liver while alleviating stress to the nervous system.