|Model of a Vitamin C Molecule|
Vitamin C is essential for many of your body's functions, especially for proper wound healing and maintaining cartilage (protective tissue found in many of our joints.) Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect the body from harmful free radicals that are formed from the normal by-products of metabolism, exposure to pollutants, smoking, or other environmental toxins. In fact, diets high in vitamin C from fruits and vegetables are associated with lower risk of certain cancers such as oral, esophageal, stomach, colon, and lung.
Black Currants are an excellent source of vitamin C – just 1 cup of Black Currants has as much vitamin C as three large oranges. CurrantC™ Black Currant Nectar also contains high amounts of vitamin C, providing 180% of the Daily Value (the amount you need for the day.)
USDA Nutrition Database Available at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list_nut_edit.pl see European Blackcurrants