Black currant seed oil is derived from black currants (ribes nigrum) which are native to northern parts of Europe and Asia. This oil is very rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids. Along with these, it is also rich in alpha-linoleic acid, Gamma-linolenic acid, and stearidonic acids. Black currant oil, also known as European currant oil, is being used as a European folk medicine for ages.
Black currant seed oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in healing many medical conditions, and it is also cardioprotective, meaning that it protects the cardiovascular system and as a matter of fact, the whole body. This oil is diuretic, which means it promotes urine output and reduces arthritic and rheumatic pains. It is primarily used as a medicine and a dietary supplement as it is pain-reducing and also has the many health benefits of black currant seeds.
Moderate usage of this oil has no recorded side effects either. Black currant seed oil benefits the immune system by making it stronger. A stronger immune system prevents various viral and bacterial infections. Apart from this, following are some other benefits.
The many anti-inflammatory properties of this oil are very beneficial in healing many inflammatory conditions like arthritis and rheumatic arthritis, dermatitis, and inflammation caused by many pathogenic diseases. It keeps the secretion of the inflammatory cyotokines under control and provides relief from pain and swelling of different sorts. It also helps to heal several liver diseases, especially the damage caused to the liver by alcohol.
It produces prostaglandins, which controls constriction of the blood vessels. Regular consumption has proven to decrease the atherosclerotic lesions (Vessel wall thrombus formation). The benefits of black currant seed oil are also very significant in reducing platelet aggregation, reducing blood clotting, controlling blood pressure levels, reducing cholesterol levels, and maintaining overall heart health.
The omega 6 fatty acids prevent premature aging. The alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid that are present in this oil work in healing scars, repairing damaged tissue, reducing premature wrinkle formation, maintaining healthy skin, and reducing problems like dry and damaged skin.
The linoleic acids have anti-inflammatory effects on the body and benefit in alleviating the premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ache, back pain, cramping during ovulation, breast tenderness, and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome like mood swings and momentary depression.
It is also observed that the gamma-linolenic acids increase the rate of metabolism and cause a significant amount of weight loss. Black currant oil also soothes the nervous system and maintains the energy levels of a person. Although there are no significant side effects of this oil, it is always best to check with a health care provider if you are a pregnant and breastfeeding woman.
Side effects related to black currant seed oil consist of several breathing difficulties, hives, swelling of the skin, rashes, and tightness of throat. So, always limit the consumption and start using it only after proper medical intervention.