Black Currant


💊 Chemical information

Blackcurrant; Cassis; Grosella negra (casis); Rib. Nig.


Br. includes the fruit. Fr. includes the leaf.

BP 2008

(Black Currant). The fresh ripe fruits of Ribes nigrum together with their pedicels and rachides. It has a strong, characteristic odour and a pleasantly acidic taste.

💊 Profile

Black currant fruit is a source of vitamin C. It is used to prepare black currant syrup, which is used as a nutritional supplement and as a flavour. Black currant leaf is included in herbal preparations for urinary, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal disorders. Black currant is reported to contain bioflavonoids and is also included in preparations for vascular disorders. It has also been used as a diuretic in folk medicine. Black currant seed oil (below) is used as a source of gamolenic acid.

💊 Preparations

BP 2008: Black Currant Syrup.

Proprietary Preparations

Braz.: Tiliv. Multi-ingredient: Austria: Amersan; Cz.: Amersan; Fr.: Arkophytum†; Drainactil; Hydracur; IgeE; Maxidraine†; Mediflor no 11 Draineur Renal et Digestif†; Mediflor Tisane Antirhumatismale No 2; Mincifit; Resource Rhubagil; Veinobiase; Ger.: Venobiase†; Ital.: Nepiros; Ribovir; Pol.: Melisal; Melissed; Spain: Exodren; Fitosvelt†.
Published January 19, 2019.