One of the most talked-about herbs out there right now is black currant. It can be found in most of the best eye formulas on the market. The antioxidants in black currant protect the eyes from free radical damage. Along with lutein and zeaxanthin, two other powerful eye antioxidants, black currant can form a part of a very effective synergistic blend of nutrients for eye health. Black currant has also been shown to help with eye discomfort and fatigue, especially when these symptoms are caused by eye strain. It’s a good herb to use for those who spend long hours in front of a computer screen.
In addition to its many benefits for eye health, black currant is often times used for cardiovascular health. It is usually combined with other antioxidants like pomegranate for this purpose. There is also evidence that it helps to normalize intestinal flora, increasing the amount of good bacteria and decreasing the amount of bad bacteria. And finally, it’s been listed by Dr Oz as one of his 3 cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Black currant is available at Willner Chemists in Atlanta in a variety of forms. You can buy the extract in a capsule form or you can get the concentrate. And of course there are plenty of eye formulas that contain black currant as well.