Pharmacist – Formulator Phytotherapy expert
You have certainly heard about the currant (Ribes nigrum), as he is likely to have ended up on your plate. You may also have called him blackcurrant to differentiate the black ones from the red ones, or perhaps you were introduced to him by his French name, cassis.
However, his fruits aren’t the only parts to contain important active ingredients for dogs and cats, but also his leaves.
When do we call the currant in aid of dogs and cats? But mainly, why do we call to gather his superpowers?
We care for the currant, mainly for his capillary fragility. Currant superpowers work as angio protective — the strengthening of our blood system, because the derma is rich in blood vessels and prone to alterations. Therefore, he is useful in inflammatory processes and in cases of allergies. In traditional medicine, he increases microcirculation.
The currant is considered a natural cortisone without side effects. His reputation is not due to the fact that he would replace cortisone but to the stimulation of the adrenal cortex during endogenously inflammatory processes. The currant owns several substances such as: polyphenol antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, mucilage, flavonoids and carnitine.
Where to find him
Flexible and available, the currant is located within a large variety of FORZA10 diets: Dermo Active, Oral Active and Ophtalmic Active only for dogs, Hypoallergenic for cats and its wet line for both our furry friends, Dermo Actiwet and Hypoallergenic Actiwet.
As often happens, the life of a superhero is not so easy. Not only in regards to his double identity, but the impression that people have of him. In fact, the currant unfortunately suffered a fluctuating evolution of his reputation. He reached the highest peak of fame in 1712, when Mr. P. Bailly Montaran described him in his treatise, as a universal remedy, able to treat fever, plague, sores, kidney stones and many others diseases. Maybe due to this very slight hyperbole, the currant fell into oblivion in 1800, when people completely lost trust in him. Since the beginning of this century, day by day, the currant is regaining esteem and reputation, making a popular come back thanks to his diuretic properties, and also obtaining the title of “gemmotherapy pearl” due to his anti-inflammatory feats.
In 1908, Henri Huchard testified that he saw with his own eyes, a patient who had suffered for years, get relief from rheumatic pain, after regularly taking an infusion of currant leaves.