Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a rich source of polyphenolic compounds and is among the most commonly used agents in traditional herbal medicine. Besides this anecdotal usage, modern laboratories have persuasively demonstrated the potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial effects of Blackcurrant constituents. The Blackcurrant fruits offer a wealth of nutrients; in particular, the anthocyanins are known to suppress inflammation responses and, thereby, contribute fundamentally to human health. Therefore, the fruits are used extensively in drinks and health foods. In leaves, it is the high amount of proanthocyanidins that constitute the immense anti-inflammatory benefits.
Of note, an extraction in glycerin resulted in a comparable phytochemical fingerprint as in a tincture, pointing towards the same anti-inflammatory capacity of both extracts.
INCI: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate