The effect of daily consumption of currants on cholesterol values:
Daily consumption of currants improves the lipid profile of individuals by reducing an early form of LDL cholesterol as recorded after administration to patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In particular, there was a decrease of 8 units per liter of blood (U/l) oxidized form of “bad” LDL cholesterol that is a highly atherogenic form of LDL.
The daily consumption of 36 grams of currants -a portion corresponding to one serving – by the patients with type 2 diabetes who are known to have an increased risk of vascular damage, results in a significant reduction in diastolic blood pressure of 5.5 millimeters of the mercury column (mmHg).
“This reduction is better than that achieved with many drugs,” as Professor of Internal Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Athens, Mr. Nikolaos Tentolouris notes.
For those who smoke they would try to quit it immediately! For those who can not, an option to reduce the negative effects of smoking could be the currants (black corinthian raisins) consumption. Modern clinical studies demonstrate that the inclusion of currants in the daily diet, cause a positive effect on the health of smokers!
Raisins can be eaten as a nutritious snack, rich in dietary fiber, carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, minerals, vitamins and other micronutrients. Their fat and cholesterol content is low. The overall nutritional value of raisins means that they are recommended as a snack for both weight control and for maintaining good human health because they help the control of glucose and cholesterol, the good functioning of the digestive system and the regulation of blood pressure.