How to eat blackcurrants
It’s not hard to incorporate more blackcurrants into your diet. You can find blackcurrant in the form of:
- dried fruit
- pills and capsules
Britain’s Ribena is also a popular drink you may be able to find in the import section of the grocery store. The berries themselves can be tossed into any recipe that calls for a bit of tangy sweetness.
Dosage recommendations include:
- four 250 milligram capsules per day, taken twice a day
- 5-10 milliliters of fruit syrup per day
- one glass of fruit juice per day
- 1-2 teaspoons of leaves, three to four times a day
You can also try substituting berries for blackcurrants in your yogurt or salad. Or try this blackcurrant jam from BBC Good Food. The smell of sweet berries cooking over a stove could be therapeutic in itself.
Are there side effects?
Both blackcurrant berries and seed oil are considered safe at recommended doses. However, the supplements have been known to cause some side effects such as soft stools, mild diarrhea, and intestinal gas.
Because it can slow blood clotting, blackcurrant supplements are not recommended for people with bleeding disorders or those about to have surgery.
Not enough is known about dried blackcurrant leaves to rate their safety. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should talk to their doctor before taking any supplements, including blackcurrant.