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What You Need to Know About Blackcurrants and Skin Health

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Did you know that blackcurrants are good for your skin? In this article, we break down the science that explains why: high values of Vitamin C and of anthocyanins.

Blackcurrants should be included as a specially potent component of any food regime for skin health. These potent berries contain a number of compounds that support the skin’s essential scaffolding, an umbrella term for the collagen and elastin in our skin.  

Firstly, Blackcurrants contain exceptionally high levels of a group of polyphenolic antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins. In a 2018 study by Nanashima et al. published in the journal Nutrients, researchers found that anthocyanins can boost the body's natural levels of more well known compounds for skin health: elastin, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. These are all building blocks of the skin, and compounds like collagen and hyaluronic acid are often taken in supplement form by those looking for an extra skin health boost [1].

According to the researchers, exposure to blackcurrants can boost levels of extracellular matrix molecules like elastin and collagen in fibroblasts of the human skin.

Blackcurrants have a wide range of benefits for skin health thanks to their unique nutrition profile. Black currants are probably best known, though, for their high Vitamin C content.

 

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ViBERi Blackcurrants and Vitamin C for Skin

Blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C and phytochemicals.

Vitamin C plays an important role in improving skin health. Magnesium ascorbic phosphate, a major vitamin C derivative, has a hydrating effect on the skin. It decreases transepidermal water loss, which improves your skin’s ability to retain moisture.

What’s more? Nutritional research has shown that Vitamin C plays a number of roles in protecting skin from damage caused by exposure to sunlight, helping tone complexion and preserve naturally healthy skin [2].

Vitamin C is vital for skin because it promotes the metabolization of protein to form collagen. Natural collagen levels deplete gradually.

Because Vitamin C boosts collagen production, it indirectly prevents skin sagging. Collagen production is associated with skin firmness and elasticity.

Ensure you’re meeting your daily Vitamin C intake before looking to supplements to boost normal collagen levels 

 

Blackcurrant seed oil is even used in cosmetics for claimed anti-inflammation, anti-dermatitis and anti-acne benefits. It may play a protective role in healing minor skin conditions by fighting bacteria.

 

 

Why don’t you give ViBERi blackcurrants a try today and let us know if you sense any changes?

 

Article Sources

  1. Nanashima, Naoki et al. “Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Increase the Levels of Collagen, Elastin, and Hyaluronic Acid in Human Skin Fibroblasts and Ovariectomized Rats.” Nutrients 10,4 495. 16 Apr. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10040495
  2. Pullar, Juliet M et al. “The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health.” Nutrients 9,8 866. 12 Aug. 2017, doi:10.3390/nu9080866

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