The purpose of this study was to investigate the relaxative effects of black currant juice.
What is it about?
Black currant (Ribes nigrum L.) fruit juice cultivar Ometa significantly reduced the contractility of the ileum smooth muscle. Hence, black currant juice could have antispasmodic activity that might be used as a herbal remedy to reduce the contractility of the gastrointestinal system.
Why is it important?
Black currant fruit juice reduced the contractility of the ileum induced by acetylcholine, potassium chloride, calcium chloride and barium chloride. This anti-spasmodic effect of black currant juice supports its possible use as a herbal remedy in the management of common gastrointestinal disorders.
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