Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Red Currant

Red Currants are high in fiber, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Getting enough fiber in your daily diet is also associated with keeping cholesterol levels

healthy, reducing your risk of heart disease. Another perk to fulfilling the fiber requirements is appetite control. Fiber contains no calories and is digested slowly, which means that adding some red currants to your meal plan could help you feel full longer.  Potassium is needed to regulate blood pressure, which is an important way to keep your heart healthy. It is also necessary for muscle and bone contraction and aids in digestion. A cup of red currants contains 308 mg of the recommended 2,000 mg of potassium you should get each day. A deficiency could result in muscle cramps, weakness and an irregular heartbeat.  Adequate vitamin C intake protects your immunity and produces collagen, which keeps your skin healthy and aids in wound healing. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a plant compound that fights free radical damage. Exposure to free radicals occurs due to toxins in the environment, such as cigarette smoke or industrial pollution, and also artificial food additives and cooking at high temperatures. Free radicals could result in the development of cancer and heart disease.  Magnesium is important for your body because it protects the health of your bones, plays a role in heart function and is involved with your nerves and muscles. It also helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure as well as protecting your immunity.  It also contains a fair amount of plant antioxidants.

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