Blackcurrant seed oil


Blackcurrant seed oil

Blackcurrant seed oil is derived from the seeds of "Ribes nigrum" (blackcurrant, or European currant). It contains an unusually high amount of omega-6 (15-20 percent) as well as a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids (12-14 percent). It also contains linoleic acid as well as 2-4 percent stearidonic acid. There are some indications that black currant seed oil is anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective. [cite web|url=http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/bla_0036.shtml|title=Blackcurrant Seed Oil from the [http://www.pdrhealth.com/ PDRHealth] Web site] In European folk medicine, black currant once had a considerable reputation for controlling diarrhea, promoting urine output (as a diuretic) and reducing arthritic and rheumatic pains. [cite web|url=http://www.worldhealth.net/p/aadr-black-currant-seed-oil-ribes-nigrum.html|title=Black Currant Seed Oil (Ribes nigrum) from the [http://www.worldhealth.net/ World Health] Web site] It is primarily used medicinally and as a diet supplement.

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