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CurraNZ supplement could improve performance times AND recovery times

by Press Release
Friday 6th March 2015
Tags  CurraNZ   |   Supplement   |   Recovery

Product feature: New research reveals New Zealand blackcurrants could improve athletic performance

Research from the University of Chichester reveals impressive results for athletes taking fitness and nutritional supplement CurraNZ. Early findings show that the supplement made from New Zealand-grown blackcurrants could enhance athletic performance, reduce recovery times and may aid healing.

During a timed ten-mile cycling test, the participants taking the blackcurrant supplement experienced:

Up to an 8.6% time improvement

Across the participants there was an average increase of 3.6%.

Delayed onset of lactate build-up

The supplement delayed the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA), the point when athletes start to build up large amounts of lactate

Ability to tolerate lactate build-up for longer

Participants were able to tolerate higher lactate levels for longer and 85% of cyclists increased their power at OBLA - enabling them to go faster, for longer.

Faster recovery time

89% of participants cleared lactate quicker as New Zealand blackcurrants may increase blood circulation, which improves recovery and may aid healing.

New Zealand blackcurrants contain one of the highest concentrations of polyphenols in any commercially-grown food. The intense sunlight in the Southern Hemisphere stimulates higher production of anthocyanins, which are found in polyphenols. The fruit’s anthocyanins are the active ingredient that delivers the sports performance and recovery benefits.

Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester, comments: “This is the first study of its kind into the use of high dose New Zealand blackcurrant anthocyanins for improving sports performance and endurance in athletes and we are very excited by the results.”

CurraNZ is the only high-potency New Zealand blackcurrant supplement available in the UK and is retailed exclusively by Health Currancy Ltd.

Fleur Cushman, Director of Health Currancy Ltd, comments: “It is really encouraging to have scientific confirmation of the benefits that our athletes taking the product were reporting. The blackcurrant anthocyanins achieve two very difficult and highly desirable outcomes for athletes raely found the one natural supplement: enhanced performance and faster recovery.

“Previous research has already established that New Zealand blackcurrants deliver a range of health benefits, however, these findings prove that the fruit’s anthocyanins have remarkable applications in the sports and exercise arena.”

30 x 300mg CurraNZ capsules retail for £29, for more information or to purchase the product visit: www.healthcurrancy.co.uk


The University of Chichester’s findings were presented at the 11th Annual Society of Sports Nutrition Conference at Clearwater Beach, Florida on June 21, 2014. The abstracts will be published in full in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition in October.

The research was based on the performance of a group of nine athletes.

Previous research from the New Zealand Plant and Food Research Institute has shown that NZ blackcurrant enhances the natural benefits of exercise by:

  • Modulating the body’s anti-inflammatory properties
  • Promoting circulation and oxygen delivery through vasodilation
  • Reducing muscle damage, pain and fatigue realised through exercise
  • Reducing recovery time, enabling athletes to train harder for longer
  • Reducing the risk of infection and improving the immune system

Further research references available from the following papers:

  1. K. A. Lyall, S. M. Hurst, J. Cooney, D. Jensen, K. Lo, R. D. Hurst and L. M.Stevenson Short-term blackcurrant extract consumption modulates exercise-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated inflammatory responses Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol 297:70-81, 2009. First published Apr 29, 2009;
  2. Birgit Schrage1, David Stevenson1, Robyn W. Wells1, Kirsty Lyall1, Selena Holmes1, Dawei Deng1, Roger D. Hurst2 Evaluating the health benefits of fruits for physical fitness: A research platform. Journal of Berry Research 35-44 Published July 2010
  3. Matsumoto,H., Takenami,E., Iwasaki-Kurashige, K., Osada, T.,Katsumura, T., Hamaoka, T, Effects of blackcurrant anthocyanin intake on peripheral muscle circulation during typing work in humans. EUROPEAN JOURNAL APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY 2005, 94:36-45
  4. Yuko Nakamura, Hitoshi Matsumoto and Kazuo Todoki Endothelium-Dependent Vasorelaxation induced by Blackcurrant Concentrate in Rat Thoracic Aorta. JPN. J. PHARMACOL.2002, 89, 29-35.
  5. C. Lister, Antioxidants, a health revolution, All you need to know about antioxidants, New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research, 2003

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