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    A single dose of blackcurrant extract offers benefits for exercise recovery and immunity

    on September 14, 2021

    A study by scientists at Plant & Food Research found that an extract from New Zealand blackcurrants could offer benefits for exercise recovery and post-exercise immune function. 

    The study found:

    • A single serve of 1.6mg of New Zealand blackcurrant anthocyanins per kg of bodyweight taken one hour before exercise had positive effects on exercise recovery. 
    • The benefits are unlikely to be attributable to the antioxidant properties of the extract and more likely due to the blackcurrant extract activating adaptive defensive pathways in cells and tissues. 
    • Consumption of the New Zealand blackcurrant extract one hour prior to exercise preserved circulating neutrophil function.
    • Blackcurrant can benefit active people wanting to maintain performance and avoid decreased immune function that can accompany training. 
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