Researchers said given the association between exercise and the prevention of chronic health issues and maintenance of cognitive function, the findings were significant.
“The current recommendation for adults is for thirty minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day. However, 50 percent of adults fail to achieve these guidelines,” they said.
They said foods or dietary supplements that specifically support the desire to exercise could benefit people wanting to adhere to an exercise program and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
The latest study follows research last year by scientists at Plant & Food Research New Zealand, in collaboration with Northumbria University (UK), It showed that consumption of a juice made from the blackcurrants could produce a short-term effect on physiological processes associated with a positive mood.
Blackcurrants have been grown commercially in New Zealand for over 40 years, predominantly in Nelson and Canterbury.