Vitamin C in Blackcurrants                        

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for a wide range of metabolic reactions in the body. It cannot be made by the body so must be consumed regularly in our diet. Vitamin C is another powerful type of antioxidant.  It has been known for many years that vitamin C plays a key role in promoting health and wellbeing.

Many consumers are already aware of the extremely high vitamin C levels in blackcurrants. The study shown below confirms blackcurrants have vitamin C levels higher than any other commercially available fruit or vegetable.

How do blackcurrants compare with other fruits for vitamin C?

Figure 1. Typical Vitamin C levels in common fruit (unit: mg/100g)

 

1 Source: NZ Food Composition Database, Crop & Food Research, New Zealand

2 Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database

3 Source: New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research (previously Hort Research) study (see Bilberries & Blueberries webpage)