Black Currant Extract and Running

Have you struggled to recover from your runs and strength workouts?  Do your legs feel heavy or you just don’t have that push you need to run at race pace during your quality workouts?  Have you struggled with runners trots during long races?  

Blackcurrant extract may just be the solution for you!  These berries have been shown to accelerate recovery, improve endurance and fueling, and protect runners against gastric stress in the heat.


If you’re looking to learn more about blackcurrant extract supplementation then Fleur Cushman has got you covered!


Fleur Cushman is a former journalist, entrepreneur and founder of CurraNZ as well as the developer of an international research program on high-potency extract made with nutrient-rich New Zealand blackcurrants!  

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!


Watch the LIVE video version of this episode below on YouTube!

We chat about all of this and more in this episode!

  • What are blackcurrants and why are they so special
  • What do anthocyanins do to the body
  • Why Blackcurrant extract versus eating a bunch of berries
  • Who would benefit from blackcurrant extract supplementation
  • Has blackcurrant extract been studied in the literature
  • Overall benefits of blackcurrant extract
  • Blackcurrant extract helping post run or post strength training recovery
  • Blackcurrant extract helping runners in the heat
  • Misconception of supplementing with blackcurrants


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Most runners spend an enormous amount of time trying to figure out what to eat before or during a run…


We hear it all the time…legs feel heavy…don’t have energy to go for a run, or worse you have to stop your run short because you just can’t go any further


Imagine if you could feel strong during your run because you were eating the right food?


Spark Healthy Runner’s Registered Dietitian, Brooke Czarnecki has created an AMAZING resource for you on what you should eat as a runner!


This blueprint lays out how to fuel as a runner so you don’t have to feel sluggish during your runs or worse “bonk” during a race!


Here is what is included: 


✅ Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Runners 


✅ Nutrition Basics for Running


✅ The Ultimate Snack Guide  


✅ Long Run Fueling Strategies


The best part?  It is all FREE to you as a pdf download that you can save for future reference or print it out as a visual reminder!


Grab your [Download] Nutrition Blueprint to Run Your Best here!



This Episode Sponsored By:


I am proud to announce a new partnership with CurraNz and thank them for supporting this episode!  


CurraNz is New Zealand’s natural running supplement made of a strong antioxidant (polyphenol anthocyanin) found within black currants.  Backed by more than 50 studies benefitting recovery and performance, it has been my go to training partner in my personal running journey and how I supplemented my Disney Dopey Challenge training and recovery!


Click here and use code HEALTHYRUNNER for 20% off your first order! 


Dr. Stefanie Flippin – CurraNZ Advisor & Spokesperson


CurraNZusa.com advisor and spokesperson Dr. Stefanie Flippin brings a unique expert perspective, as a board-certified physician and surgeon, and one of the most exciting, untapped ultra-running talents in North America.

Colorado-based Stefanie shot to fame in 2021 when, still an amateur athlete, she humbled a field of world and national record holders to win the USATF 100 Mile National Championship, shattering the course record in the process.

Having entered on a whim, Stefanie beat the current then-world record holder Camille Herron to take the national title in a time of 14:35 – the fastest time for 100 miles run by any woman in the world since 2017.

The 34-year-old currently holds three of the top ten fastest 100-mile times ever for North American women – and is excited for the next stage of her career after recently turning professional.

Stefanie’s on CurraNZ – ‘I’m excited about this product’

Stefanie started trialing CurraNZ in 2022 when recovering from a bone stress injury, as the brand was just entering the US running market. She found the product was a more palatable alternative to nitrate-based products, such as beetroot.

She says: “I started using CurraNZ over the winter while I was healing a bone stress injury, with the hope of supporting peripheral blood flow. As a plant-based athlete, I was looking for a natural food-based solution to support blood flow. I couldn’t tolerate beetroot and hesitate to use it before exercise because I’ve had such a poor experience with it. I feel it’s common to have GI distress with products like these. So I didn’t want to use beetroot and CurraNZ has proven a great alternative. I’ve continued to use it as I’ve eased back into regular training and have been extremely pleased with its effects on recovery and performance.

The research that is emerging on blackcurrant polyphenol anthocyanins – a strong antioxidant within the fruit – and its benefits for endurance athletes is very promising and a driving factor in my usage of CurraNZ. I don’t lean on a ton of supplements, but CurraNZ is a staple in my routine to support my training load.

I am excited to grow with this brand and continue supporting my athletic career with this science-backed product.” 


Fleur Cushman – CurraNZ Founder

Fleur Cushman is an entrepreneur and Founder of the CurraNZ supplement brand, a science leader in New Zealand blackcurrants for sports nutrition and cardio-metabolic health. 12 years ago, journalist Fleur had a complete career change from editing a leading British horse racing newspaper to create a start-up business, Health Currancy. She launched the CurraNZ brand in 2014 and continued to develop the international research program on the product, which is a high-potency extract made from nutrient-rich New Zealand blackcurrants.

Having been a specialist in the thoroughbred racing industry (with a particular interest in equine physiology and performance nutrition), this journey into blackcurrants aligned with Fleur’s passion for sports performance and natural products, and also returned her to her family roots in supplements and compounding. Fleur’s late father Mike Cushman was a prominent formulator, pharmacist and pioneer in the natural healthcare industry in New Zealand. He alerted her to the early potential of New Zealand blackcurrants, which are unique to other fruits grown globally and set her on the path to establishing this berry as one of the sports nutrition breakthroughs of the last decade.

Since then, over 50 gold-standard, peer-reviewed studies have been published on CurraNZ and the supplement has received widespread international recognition with prestigious awards in the US, Europe and Asia. CurraNZ is used by leading athletes and sports teams internationally and gaining traction in the ultra-running community in the US, UK and Australasia. It is endorsed by athletes such as Hayden Hawks, Dr Stefanie Flippin, Anna Frost and UTMB TDS winner Christian Meier.

Why New Zealand blackcurrants?

Blackcurrants grown in this New Zealand are special, possessing one of the highest densities of polyphenol compounds, called anthocyanins, of any fruit, because of the nation’s intense ultra-violet sunlight and unique climate. Anthocyanins are amongst the most important phenolics, or bioactives, found in foods. They’re naturally occurring pigments responsible for bright colors in fruits and especially berries. Polyphenols are defined as body response modifiers, they help balance the body through their range of complex actions and help offset the effects of physical and dietary stress. CurraNZ has been shown to accelerate recovery, improve endurance and fueling, and protect runners against gastric stress in the heat and symptoms of ‘runner’s trots’.


The Ultimate Guide to Recovery for Running

If you have one of these running goals…


✔️ Get out the door consistently 3-4 days a week 


✔️ Run your first 5k, half marathon or marathon


✔️ Crush your goal race with a PR or personal best


Recovery is part of the training!


Feel fresh, reduce fatigue, and stay healthy for running with proper recovery using this 7-Step Plan

Learn how to incorporate…


Rest days




Foam rolling


‍♀️ Massage


✨ Stretching


Compression socks


Proper foot care 


[Download] The Ultimate Recovery Guide for Runners here!



[Download] How to grow as a runner (6 Steps)



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Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.


Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.


As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.


He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury.  Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running.  Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury.  He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better.  Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!


Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.


As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!


A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players.  They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.




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