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Black Currant Tea Benefits

One of my favorite drinks in Summer is cold black currant tea.  I make it just like a jug of ice tea by brewing black currant mixed tea.  Being under the Sun a lot, this is a good way to supply myself with essential vitamins & minerals and hydrate free of sugar or caffeine trying to maintain younger-looking skin.  Also, this is a good tea to drink at night because its magnesium content will help you relax. 

Its main benefits are: 

  • Helps boosts immune system 
  • Anti-cancer 
  • Prevents pre-mature aging of the skin   YR
  • Reduce inflammation 
  • Help sleep and prevent insomnia 
  • Treats cold, flu and infections   

1 tablespoon of fried black currants is equivalent to a ¼ cup of fresh fruits, contains more than 50 milligrams of vitamin C (Daily requirement is 75-90mg).  This naturally boosts the immune system and supports younger-looking skin.   

Blackcurrants are also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acid and a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is anti-inflammatory.  It may help in reducing joint pain, stiffness, soreness of joints etc. 

Black currants contain iron, Vitamin A and calcium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.  All of these minerals are essential to many of the body’s functions.     

Furthermore, Both black currant leaves and fruits contain anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol that is a natural antioxidant that is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and also believed to anti-cancer.  The anthocyanin content of black currants has been shown to slow down and inhibit the growth of cancer cells, potentially leading to anti-cancer benefits. 

A 2014 issue of “Frontiers of Microbiology” included a study that found that black currant leaf extract could protect against the influenza A virus, also known as the flu virus. The in-vitro study found that black currant leaf extract was useful in preventing the proliferation of the flu virus during the early stages, less than two hours after infection.   

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Nutrition Value per 100 g of Black Currants. ORAC Value (Antioxidant level) 7,950. (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)  

Principle 

Nutrient Value 

Percentage of RDA 

Energy 

63 Kcal 

3% 

Carbohydrates 

15.38 g 

12% 

Protein 

1.4 g 

2.5% 

Total Fat 

0.41 g 

2% 

Cholesterol 

0 mg 

0% 

Dietary Fiber 

4.3 g 

11% 

Vitamins 

 

 

Folates 

8 µg 

2% 

Niacin 

0.300 mg 

2% 

Pantothenic acid 

0.398 mg 

8% 

Pyridoxine 

0.066 mg 

5% 

Riboflavin 

0.050 mg 

4% 

Thiamin 

0.050 mg 

4% 

Vitamin A 

230 IU 

7.5% 

Vitamin C 

181 mg 

301% 

Electrolytes 

 

 

Sodium 

2 mg 

0% 

Potassium 

322 mg 

7% 

Minerals 

 

 

Calcium 

55 mg 

5.5% 

Copper 

0.086 mg 

9.5% 

Iron 

1.54 mg 

19.5% 

Magnesium 

24 mg 

6% 

Manganese 

0.256 mg 

11% 

Phosphorus 

59 mg 

8.5% 

Zinc 

0.27 mg 

2% 


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