THE broad-spectrum applications of blackcurrants also extend to helping reduce allergies through their anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, we are hearing from customers of how CurraNZ is helping to provide fast relief from severe hayfever.
Meet Kevin Crowley, (pictured, above-right) who says:
"I am just over 60 years old and pretty fit and healthy apart from the fact that at the beginning of last summer, out of nowhere, I have developed an allergy to grass pollen.
"I suffered a great deal last year. I was constantly congested, had a severe headache by lunchtime everyday, and was constantly getting infected sinuses.
"The same started to happen at the beginning of this summer and I started to try different hay fever remedies to see which worked best for me. Some had little or no effect, some were of benefit, but none got rid of all the symptoms and I would be constantly ‘clearing’ myself.
"Then I read about CurraNZ and thought they would be worth a try as a drug free product. Four days after starting on two capsules daily in June, my hay fever symptoms disappeared. A month later I am still taking CurraNZ, I am not using any other hay fever remedy, and I still have no symptoms.
"I run and cycle a lot and this has been a huge benefit to me."
CurraNZ users, British expat Claire Whittle, who now lives in New Zealand, and her partner, Warren (pictured below), share their experiences:
Claire says: "After starting taking CurraNZ I immediately felt the difference in my energy levels and ability to recover from long runs.
"It took me longer to realise was that it was helping my allergies and hayfever. I am not prone to suffering from hayfever - or at least I wasn't until I came to live in New Zealand - the land of wild nature and all things green and grassy!
"My partner, Warren, is a sufferer and I knew from my own research that CurraNZ helped relieve the symptoms of hayfever and seasonal allergies, so I suggested he give them a try.
"They worked! As I use them every day and haven't stopped taking them, I wasn't sure if I would sneeze more without, them but I am not willing to risk it!"
For sufferers, we recommend using one-two capsules every morning. Daily use is best - to 'top up' and maintain the blackcurrant metabolites in the body.
There's good news for asthma sufferers too - studies show that blackcurrant-derived proanthocyanidins are the first to demonstrate suppression of cellular events that lead to allergy-induced asthma and/or allegenic conditions in general.
Sources: Blackcurrant proanthocyanidins augment IFN-y-induced suppression of IL-4 stimulated CCL26 secretion in alveolar epithelial cells. Mol. Nutr. Food Res. 2010, 54, 1-12. S Hurst, T McGhie, J MCooney, D Jensen, E Gould, K Lyall, R Hurst
Blackcurrant cultivar polyphenolic extracts suppress CCL26 secretion from alveolar epithelial cells. Royal Society of Chemistry: Food & Function 2014, 5, 671. Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Elaine M. Gould, Tony McGhie, Odette M. Shaw, Jacquie L. Harperc and Roger D. Hurst