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. These polyphenols give fruits and vegetables their distinctive colours: the main polyphenols found in blackcurrants are called anthocyanins and provide the fruit with its deep purple colour. New Zealand-grown blackcurrants have been found to contain particularly high levels of antioxidant polyphenols and vitamin C compared to other berry fruits and to blackcurrants grown elsewhere in the world.
In recent years, there has been much interest in the potential benefit of these antioxidants to human health, and research continues to discover the benefits that antioxidants from whole fruits and vegetables provide against oxidative damage which, in turn, deliver positive health benefits.
Oxidative damage is caused by ‘free radicals’ which are natural by-products of our body’s normal metabolic processes and can also be generated by substances in our environment including fried food, alcohol, medicines, tobacco smoke, pesticides and more. In short, they’re everywhere!
Antioxidants provide protection because they can stabilise these free radicals before they react in our bodies and cause cell damage, inflammation and other health issues. And, because oxidation is a naturally occurring process in our bodies, maintaining a balance with antioxidants helps us maintain our overall health.
Research continues to grow regarding the knowledge of antioxidants as healthful component in our foods.
You can enjoy the benefits of our Unsweetened Blackadder Blackcurrants by diluting it with hot or cold water to taste – as a guide, 1 part syrup to 3 parts water. Diluted with sparkling water, it makes a delicious alternative to alcohol too! Or, simply enjoy a 50ml undiluted shot to start your day.
As there is no added sugar in our Blackadder Blackcurrants syrup, feel free to add sweetener if desired, or, as an alternative look out for the other blackcurrant flavour in our Immunity range: Blackcurrants & Boysenberries. This also contains no added refined sugar but is naturally sweeter with the addition of Boysenberries and makes a superb drink for all the family, while giving you the benefits of blackcurrants too!