New research from John Moores University suggests that the CurraNZ blackcurrant-extract supplement can burn as much fat as four weeks of regular exercise. When taken twice a day for just one week, the vitamin increases fat burning by an average of 27 per cent, with one study participant achieving a rise of 55 per cent.
Made from 100% New Zealand blackcurrants which contain nutrients, called polyphenols, which are thought to encourage fat burning during exercise by increasing blood flow, according to the researchers.
'Anything above 20 per cent is typically what we expect to see with three-to-four weeks of regular endurance exercise training.'
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Supplement causes 21% fat-burning increase in men
This follows previous research that found the same supplement increases fat burning by around 21 per cent in active men.
Dr Shepherd said: 'It was positive to see that the effects of blackcurrants on fat burning extend to females, especially since women already have a greater reliance on fat as a fuel compared to men.'
The researchers believe their findings may also benefit people with obesity or type 2 diabetes.
Dr Shepherd said: 'Unhealthy people have a reduced capacity for fat burning compared to healthy people and therefore, in theory, the supplement could potentially exert at least a similar or greater effect in unhealthy individuals.'
Professor Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, who has previously been involved in CurraNZ studies, said: 'It is great to know that there are now observations of enhanced exercise-induced fat oxidation by New Zealand blackcurrant extract in endurance trained women and men.
'These high-impact findings reinforce the unprecedented effect blackcurrant is having on fat oxidation, which is an exciting development in unlocking the potential of New Zealand blackcurrant extract for all from athletes to unhealthy people.'
The findings were published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
How the research was carried out
The researchers analysed 16 active women who took either 600mg of CurraNZ or a placebo twice a day for a week. The women then cycled for two hours, with blood samples being taken every 15 minutes, as well as at the beginning of the study, via a cannula. Blood samples were taken to determine the women's fat and carbohydrate levels.
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CurraNZ is a breakthrough supplement which offers a unique combination of health and fitness benefits.
It’s 100% natural, made solely from New Zealand blackcurrants, King of the Superfoods. So-called because they’re packed with anthocyanins, naturally occurring plant compounds that gives the fruit its deep purple colouring, as well as providing multiple health, sports recovery and cognitive benefits.
New Zealand blackcurrants have one of the highest recorded anthocyanin values of all fruit on the planet. To make 1kg of extract requires the equivalent of 150kgs of fresh fruit, making CurraNZ a highly potent supplement, one of the highest on the market. With 2500 New Zealand blackcurrants per carton of 30 capsules, CurraNZ represents outstanding value for money.
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