Health and Wellbeing

  1. Barker's Immunity Range 2021

    Winter Wellness with the expanded Barker’s Immunity Range

    Our Barker’s of Geraldine Immunity Syrups have become a home essential amongst our community, especially when the Winter months set in as we look to maintain a healthy immune system to keep those winter chills away! Last year we saw our community grow even more with the heightened awareness of maintaining everyday immunity during Covid-19. With this, we saw a great opportunity to expandRead more

  2. Low Fodmap

    Low FODMAP products

    Many of you have asked us about low FODMAP and which Barker’s products may be most suitable for your dietary preferences.FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols – scientific terms used to classify groups of carbohydrates that are known for triggering an array of digestive symptoms. We encourage everyone to make their own decisions based on their personal needs.Read more

  3. The Power of Polyphenols

    The Power of Polyphenols

    Our Immunity Syrups range includes our popular Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrant syrupBarker’s Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrants contain 99% squeezed, locally grown Blackadder Blackcurrants – a variety of blackcurrant which is high in polyphenols and bred right here in New Zealand by Plant & Food Research.Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found naturally in fruits and vegetables. TheseRead more

  4. Coast to Coast 2020

    Coast to Coast: Blackcurrant for Muscle Recovery

    Guest Blog: David Galbraith & Fiona Dowling  The “longest day” – 140km cycle, 33km mountain run, 70km of kayak. 12 – 18 hours, from Kumara Beach on the West Coast to New Brighton Beach on the East.This race takes a massive toll on your body. Think, 2.5km sprint off the beach – 6am, dark, coldRead more

  5. Barker's Immunity Syrup range

    Immunity Syrups – new look, same great recipe

    Many of our customers are fans of our squeezed, Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrants and Boysenberries & Blackcurrants Berrylife flavours, and they’ve now been joined by a new addition – Lemon, Honey, Ginger & Turmeric – in our new look Immunity range.You’ll notice that the new labels on all three flavours highlight their immunity benefits. As they’reRead more

  6. Grapefruit and Medication

    Customers often ask us how grapefruit affects medicationGrapefruit (along with some other fruits, such as Seville Orange) can interfere with the metabolism of medicine within our bodies. In most cases, eating grapefruit increases the level of medicine in the blood which can increase the risk of side effects or alter the effect the medicine has.Read more

  7. Blackcurrant Research

    Juicy Blackcurrant Research

    Juicy research pinpoints New Zealand blackcurrant role in diabetes prevention With diabetes being Kiwi’s fastest growing health issue, registered nutritionist Sheena Hendon reports on the finding of juicy new research pinpointing New Zealand blackcurrant’s potential role in the treatment of this serious, yet preventable disease.Do you know of someone close to you – a familyRead more

  8. Fruit for Sports

    Fruit for Sport

    New Zealand blackcurrants get the gold medal for sports performance Whether you are an Olympic competitor, take part in community fun runs or play the odd casual tennis match for your local club, the quality of your diet or fuel is essential to enable you to do your best. That is why the latest researchRead more

  9. Juicy research pinpoints NZ blackcurrant role in diabetes prevention

    With diabetes being Kiwi’s fastest growing health issue, nutritionist Sheena Hendon reports on the finding of juicy new research pinpointing New Zealand blackcurrant’s potential role in the treatment of this serious, yet preventable disease.Do you know of someone close to you – a family member or friend who has diabetes or prediabetes? The odds areRead more

  10. NZ Blackcurrant Trivia: Tiny but Mighty

    Let’s drink to a well winter!Did you know…Blackcurrants are packed with a range of healthy compounds, including massive doses of the antioxidant, vitamin C.Blackcurrants have around four times more vitamin C than oranges and 16 times more than blueberries.When consumed as part of a healthy diet, vitamin C contributes to the normal immune system function,Read more

  11. Giving athletes the performance edge – naturally

    Research indicates New Zealand Blackcurrants give athletes the performance edge – naturallyWith athletes doing whatever it takes to be the fittest, fastest and strongest and beat the next record, groundbreaking research indicating that New Zealand blackcurrants could be the next big sports performance enhancer can only be exciting news for exercise professionals worldwide.For years, sportspeopleRead more

  12. Blackcurrants

    New Scientific Research: Blackadder Blackcurrants

    New Zealand blackcurrant research to support mental performance and brain healthIntroductionWith the growth in an ageing population comes a rising number of brain health conditions. And with over 50,000 Kiwis recorded as living with dementia – two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s, and approximately 1 in 500 New Zealanders with Parkinson’s – more research is paramount.NewlyRead more

  13. winter wellness drinks

    Winter Wellness Drinks

    We’ve had great fun experimenting with a range of delicious winter tonics to enjoy this season.Each of our recipes include a blackcurrant fruit syrup (Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant or Lite Blackcurrant work wonderfully) or Lemon, Honey with Ginger along with a host of fresh herbs, spices and a few special ingredients too!  We dabble with soothingRead more

  14. Blackcurrants

    On a quest for Winter Wellness?

    Nutritionist Sheena Hendon talks blackcurrants:When it comes to fighting off an attack of the winter baddies such as colds and flus, you can call upon blackcurrants – a Superhero of Superfoods, to come to the rescue. These juicy little fruits really do wear the cape, mask and tights – not only are they packed withRead more

  15. Kiwi blackcurrants in the News

    Secret revealed : Which fruit may give a longer life?Not only are New Zealand blackcurrants packed with flavour, it seems that, regardless of how you consume them, they are also bursting with goodness. Research indicates that they may have many amazing nutritional and therapeutic benefits and that’s why Barker’s only use New Zealand blackcurrants inRead more

  16. Learning to Live with Parkinson’s

    Gerald from New Zealand shares his personal journey on blackcurrants and managing Parkinson’s disease. In his words: When I read reports of new research into the potentially positive effects of Blackadder juice [Blackadder varietal of blackcurrants grown in New Zealand] on cognitive functions affected by Parkinson’s disease, I was intrigued. I have Parkinson’s and overRead more

  17. Blackcurrants

    New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain

    Berry good news! Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile; a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or depression.The research, conducted by scientists at Plant & Food ResearchRead more

  18. The power of antioxidants in blackcurrants

    Blackcurrants have been valued as one of nature’s super fruits and nutritious foods for centuries.For generations, mothers have regarded blackcurrants as a trusted natural source of nourishment for their families and traditional healers used them for a broad range of ailments and winter malady’s. But it’s only in recent decades that scientists have caught upRead more

  19. Naturally Sweet

    As more and more of us are becoming aware that our sugar intake needs to be moderated many of us are gravitating towards Lite or low calorie substitutes.And because of this Barker’s of Geraldine has created Lite fruit syrups and no refined sugar fruit syrups using all natural sweeteners. Read more to find out whatRead more

  20. Blackcurrants role in recovery of athletes

    According to New Zealand research, blackcurrants may help athletes recover from the impact of exercise.A preliminary study by the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research found signs that an extract derived from New Zealand-grown blackcurrants, taken before and after exercise, could minimise muscle damage and inflammation, and support a healthy immune system.New ZealandRead more

  21. Do blackcurrants have a role supporting a healthy immune system?

    Plenty of research substantiates blackcurrants potential role in strengthening and supporting a healthy immune system…including a study that identified a compound in these wee power punched berries that stimulates macrophages – cells which play a dual role in our body immune defence system.The Japanese research found that the fruit juice of blackcurrant contained a substance,Read more

  22. Breathe Easy: Blackcurrant’s potential role in respiratory health

    Eating blackcurrants may help allergy-induces asthma sufferers breathe more easily by working with the body’s immune system to reduce inflammation in the lungs, claim New Zealand scientists.Research from New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research laboratories has shown evidence that chemicals in the berry may work with the bodies’ natural defences to attack the causes ofRead more

  23. Blackcurrants – the answer to endurance sports muscle cramp and fatigue?

    A Canterbury blackcurrant farmer cum practicing science consultant, Jane Lancaster, might have uncovered a way…to reduce lactic acid build up leading to muscle cramp and hence assist endurance athletes to improve performance.The NZ Blackcurrant Cooperative asked Lancaster to review international scientific evidence from clinical trials using blackcurrants in order to understand how an extract ofRead more

  24. New Zealand research institute breeds blackcurrants for health

    Blackcurrants have already earned a reputation as potentially being amongst the healthiest fruits thanks to its high antioxidants content…but in New Zealand, where a massive five per cent for the world’s crop is grown, researchers have been investigating ways to make them even more beneficial to our wellbeing.The New Zealand Institute of Plant & FoodRead more

  25. Why you should pick purple

    Seven top healthy compounds in berry fruitsThere is heaps of recent scientific research that indicate positive effects of blackcurrants on both the mind and body – from inhibiting the flu virus and reducing inflammation to enhancing gut health, improving skin, lifting moods and improving cognitive function. So what is it in these berries that packsRead more

  26. Anthocyanin antioxidant activity of NZ blackcurrants

    What does high anthocyanin antioxidant activity of NZ blackcurrants mean for our health?Dr Carolyn Lister of the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research has shown that premium New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than the European bilberry, which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruitRead more

  27. Are blackcurrants beneficial for the heart?

    In 2004, an estimated 17.1 million people died from cardiovascular disease (CVD), mainly from heart disease and stroke.This number is expected to increase to 23.6 million people in 2030. However, the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with a decreased risk of CVD, most likely due to the abundance and variety ofRead more