Blackcurrants: A Nutrient-Rich Source for the Development of Functional Foods for Improved Athletic Performance

Redha, Ali Ali and Siddiqui, Shahida Anusha and Zare, Reza and Spadaccini, Daniele and Guazzotti, Silvia and Feng, Xi and Bahmid, Nur Alim and Wu, Yuan Seng * and Ozeer, Fathima Zahraa and Aluko, Rotimi E. (2024) Blackcurrants: A Nutrient-Rich Source for the Development of Functional Foods for Improved Athletic Performance. Food Reviews International, 40 (1). pp. 135-157. ISSN 1525-6103

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Blackcurrants are nutrient-rich fruits with a significant amount of bioactive compounds including vitamin C and polyphenols, especially anthocyanins. The high phytochemical content of blackcurrants promotes this fruit to become a valuable functional food ingredient with varying health-promoting activities targeting different consumers including athletes. Athletes experience oxidative stress during intense exercise, which can result in inflammation and reduced exercise performance. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyphenols can restore the regular oxidative status of the body. Blackcurrant supplementation has shown potential ergogenic activity to improve athlete performance during high-intensity training. Clinical trials have evaluated the effectiveness of blackcurrant supplementation on exercise performance, fat oxidation, blood lactate levels, muscle fatigue, and cardiac output. Due to the rich nutritional value of blackcurrants, they can be a potential candidate for the development of functional foods targeted at the improved performance of athletes. Blackcurrants can be used as ingredients to develop functional beverages and snacks for athletes as well as gluten-free products for celiac athletes.Blackcurrant is rich in bioactive compounds that can help improve athletic performance. It can be considered a potential bioactive ingredient to develop functional foods for athletes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blackcurrant; athletes; functional foods; sports performance; antioxidants; polyphenols;
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
T Technology > TX Home economics
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Medical and Life Sciences [formerly School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences until 2020]
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
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Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2024 09:46
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2024 09:46

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