Jarrow Formulas Blackcurrant freeze-dried extract is a powerful antioxidant for reducing eye fatigue and discomfort, providing antioxidant protection and promoting vasodilation.
who can benefit from Blackcurrant freeze-dried extract?
Adults of all ages who are concerned about maintaining healthy eyes
what distinguishes Blackcurrant freeze-dried extract?
New Zealand Blackcurrant contains 4 times more polyphenols, including the unique eye protectors delphinidin-3-rutinoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside, than European Blackcurrant and is freeze-dried to better protect its phytochemicals.
New Zealand Blackcurrant is free of pesticides and grows in an unpolluted area with intense sunlight, which makes it naturally high in phenolic antioxidants.
ORAC Value > 800/Capsule (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)
The forgotten superberry: blackcurrant
As the 20th century began, blackcurrants were a popular fruit in the United States. However, in the first few years of the 1900’s the Northeastern U.S. was stricken by an outbreak of white pine blister rust that threatened many species of pine. Subsequently, it was determined that the blackcurrant plant was an integral host in the life cycle of this fungus. The lumber industry considered blackcurrant to be a danger to a thriving national industry and was able to get the plant black-balled with a federal planting ban. State bans were then instituted and only recently have many states lifted prohibitions on blackcurrant cultivation.
Lost for almost a century was the knowledge that the nutrient and antioxidant profile of blackcurrant significantly trumps blueberry, the purported “king of berries.” The antioxidant anthocyanins of blackcurrant have proven particularly useful in promoting eye health.
The lofty levels of anthocyanins give the berries their richly dark color and make blackcurrant stand out from other superfruits. In particular, delphinidin-3-rutinoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside account for more than 80% of blackcurrant anthocyanins. Not found at significant levels in other fruits, or berries, these anthocyanins give blackcurrant a unique antioxidant profile. In fact, tests have shown that New Zealand blackcurrants contain the greatest amount of anthocyanins of any blackcurrant. The pristine growing conditions in New Zealand also produce a blackcurrant that is free from man-made contaminants. In addition, it is believed that the high UV exposure from the New Zealand sun forces the plants to produce large amounts of anthocyanins for protection.
Blackcurrant & eye health
Delphinidin-3-rutinoside has shown specific activity in relaxing the ciliary smooth muscle of the eye; in myopia, or near-sightedness, the ciliary smooth muscle cannot relax enough to allow focusing on distant objects. In a study of frogs, cyanidin-3-rutinoside displayed some importance for the regeneration of rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is the primary photopigment of rod cells, enabling night vision. Two studies conducted in Japan have suggested increased blood flow to the optic papilla and reduced susceptibility to eye fatigue due to consumption of blackcurrant.
Jarrow Formulas Blackcurrant extract provides powerful antioxidant protection for reducing eye fatigue and promoting eye function.
Extracted from the fruit of New Zealand blackcurrant plants to contain at least 20% beneficial blackcurrant anthocyanins, Jarrow Formulas Blackcurrant extract is a great addition to any eye-health regimen
Tips and tricks to keep your house cool without airconditioning
After having survived the hottest two weeks of the past century, and hearing about the deliberate choice to switch of the power in some areas of California as it became impossible to match the demand for electricity, due to the massive use of airconditioning, this week's topic had to be about how to keep your house and yourself cool without needing to rely on energy-guzzling airconditioning.
Particulate matter and your healthAs the Dutch government decided to move away from natural fossilized energy sources, we are moving towards solar and wind energy.
Because solar and wind energy cannot provide all energy and a decision to also move away from natural gas, biomass plants seemed to be the perfect solution.
Biomass is plant or animal material used for energy production (electricity or heat). It can be purposely grown energy crops, wood or forest residues, waste from food crops (wheat straw), horticulture (yard waste), food processing (corn cobs), animal farming (manure, rich in nitrogen and phosphorus), or human waste from sewage plants.
Burning plant-derived biomass releases CO2, but it has still been classified as a renewable energy source in the EU and UN legal frameworks because photosynthesis cycles the CO2 back into new crops. In some cases, this recycling of CO2 from plants to atmosphere and back into plants can even be CO2 negative, as a relatively large portion of the CO2 is moved to the soil during each cycle.
However, over the past few months it has become clear how a lot of biomass comes from trees, that were previously pristine forests in the USA or the Baltics.
While in the best case, the use of biomass could even be CO2 negative, burning biomass will result in excessive CO2 output locally as well as of particulate matter.
This is why almost overnight, due to negative public opinion, politicians changed their mind. Too late though, there are already few hundred biomass plants that are being constructed due to substantial subsidies that were handed out, so we can expect a substantial worsening of air quality in the upcoming decade(s) because of the increased amount of particulate matter.
What causes night blindness?People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments, for which the medical term nyctalopia is used.
Although the term “night blindness” implies that you can’t see at night, this isn’t the case. You may just have more difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.
Some types of night blindness are treatable while other types aren’t. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.
Usefulness of herbal medicine in modern timesNatural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.
Today, plants are being used to treat a number of health concerns and conditions, including allergies, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, skin infections, wounds, burns, gastrointestinal issues and even cancer, proving that it’s true that food is medicine. These herbs are less expensive and they’re a safer means of treatment than conventional medications, which is why so many people are choosing to go back to this traditional idea of medicine.
LASIK eye surgery, is it safe?In the past decade, LASIK eye surgery has boomed in popularity. It is easy to understand why: instead of wearing contacts or glasses, after surgery your eyes are corrected to result into (almost) perfect vision. However, sometimes we also hear horror stories: late 2016 Dutch television showed a program in which a house physician laments he's suffering from horrible neuralgic pains after having undergone laser surgery. Experts claim this is an extremely rare side effect from a specific type of LASIK surgery that nobody needs to worry about.
Take 1 or 2 capsules per day with food, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
freeze dried extract of black currant (20% polyphenols) 200mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (freeze dried extract of black currant), filler (cellulose, tapioca maltodextrin, vegetable magnesium stearate), anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans