Antispasmodic Effect of Black Currant (Ribes nigrum L.) Juice and its Potential Use as Functional Food in Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Bojana Miladinovic, Suzana Brankovic, Milica Kostic, Milica Milutinovic, Nemanja Kitic, Katarina Šavikin, Dušanka Kitic
  • Medical Principles and Practice, January 2018, Karger Publishers
  • DOI: 10.1159/000487202

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.


Dusanka Kitic
Facultz of Medicine, University of Nis

I hope this article will give a new perspective on black current juice as a functional food, and that you will incorporate the juice into your daily diet as a preventative. This research was conducted with such enthusiastic and professional co-authors. It was my greatest pleasure working with with them.

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