Health and Wellbeing

  1. Mocktails – celebrating Dry July

    We know that time off from alcohol has many benefits: your wallet, better sleep, more energy and no hangovers!Last July it was reported that an average of 11,181 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. Dry July raises funds to go towards cancer support organisations across Australia, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.Whatever yourRead more

  2. Juicy Blackcurrant Research

    Juicy Blackcurrant Research

    Juicy research pinpoints New Zealand blackcurrant role in diabetes preventionRegistered nutritionist Sheena Hendon reports on the finding of juicy new research pinpointing New Zealand blackcurrant’s potential role in the treatment of this serious, yet preventable disease.The race is on to find ways to prevent or delay diabetes, and that is why, once again, research highlightingRead more

  3. Soy Sauce vs Tamari

    We thought it would be helpful to explain the difference between soy sauce and tamariHow do they differ?Soy sauce and tamari taste similar. They both add a rich, salty and savoury flavour to food. They’re both used in cooking and as a condiment.Both sauces are made from soybeans. The main difference is the presence ofRead more

  4. Kiwi Blackcurrants in the News

    Kiwi blackcurrants in the News

    Secret revealed : Which fruit may give a longer life?Not only are New Zealand blackcurrants packed with flavour, it seems that, regardless of how you consume them, they are also bursting with goodness. Research indicates that they may have many amazing nutritional and therapeutic benefits and that’s why Barker’s only use New Zealand blackcurrants inRead more

  5. Living with Parkinson's

    Learning to Live with Parkinson’s

    Gerald shares his personal journey on blackcurrants and managing Parkinson’s disease. In his words:When I read reports of new research into the potentially positive effects of Blackadder juice [Blackadder varietal of blackcurrants grown in New Zealand] on cognitive functions affected by Parkinson’s disease, I was intrigued. I have Parkinson’s and over the last twenty yearsRead more

  6. Blackcurrants – the answer to endurance sports muscle cramp and fatigue?

    A Canterbury blackcurrant farmer cum practicing science consultant, Jane Lancaster, might have uncovered a way…to reduce lactic acid build up leading to muscle cramp and hence assist endurance athletes to improve performance.The NZ Blackcurrant Cooperative asked Lancaster to review international scientific evidence from clinical trials using blackcurrants in order to understand how an extract ofRead more

  7. Blackcurrant harvesting

    Do blackcurrants have a role supporting a healthy immune system?

    Plenty of research substantiates blackcurrants potential role in strengthening and supporting a healthy immune system…including a study that identified a compound in these wee power punched berries that stimulates macrophages – cells which play a dual role in our body immune defence system.The Japanese research found that the fruit juice of blackcurrant contained a substance,Read more

  8. Athlete recovery

    Blackcurrants role in recovery of athletes

    According to New Zealand research, blackcurrants may help athletes recover from the impact of exercise.A preliminary study by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research found signs that an extract derived from New Zealand-grown blackcurrants, taken before and after exercise, could minimise muscle damage and inflammation, and support a healthy immune system.New ZealandRead more

  9. Respiratory Health

    Breathe Easy: Blackcurrant’s potential role in respiratory health

    Eating blackcurrants may help allergy-induces asthma sufferers breathe more easily by working with the body’s immune system to reduce inflammation in the lungs, claim New Zealand scientists.Research from New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research laboratories has shown evidence that chemicals in the berry may work with the bodies’ natural defences to attack the causes ofRead more

  10. Blackcurrants

    Anthocyanin antioxidant activity of NZ blackcurrants

    What does high anthocyanin antioxidant activity of NZ blackcurrants mean for our health?Dr Carolyn Lister of the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research has shown that premium New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than the European bilberry, which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruitRead more

  11. Blackcurrants

    Are blackcurrants beneficial for the heart?

    In 2004, an estimated 17.1 million people died from cardiovascular disease (CVD), mainly from heart disease and stroke.This number is expected to increase to 23.6 million people in 2030. However, the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with a decreased risk of CVD, most likely due to the abundance and variety ofRead more