Summer is a period when raspberries are available almost in every green market or supermarkets, and you can enjoy them in every possible way.
They are not only delicious, but they also have many health benefits you maybe aren’t aware of. And the next time you are about to choose which fruit to consume – choose raspberries.
Rich In Antioxidants
They are rich in antioxidants which are acting anti-inflammatory, preventing harmful microbes to damage the body cells.
The diversity of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients is truly remarkable, and few commonly eaten fruits are able to provide us with such great diversity.
They are rich in:
- anthocyanin(which gives them the red colour)
- resveratrol(postponing aging process)
- pterostilbene(crucial for brain function)
- ellagitannin(reducing cancer risk)
Loaded With Vitamin C
Despite the antioxidants, they are loaded with vitamin C(100 gr. contains even 44% of recommended daily dosage of vitamin C),but they are also rich in Potassium, vitamins B and E, minerals such as Magnesium, Manganese and Copper.
Cleans The Blood Vessels
Other then being defined as low calorie fruit(100 gr aprox. 53 calories), raspberries are also rich in fiber, which is a great combo for good digestion and healthier heart, by cleaning the blood vessels from built plaque.
Good For Weight Loss
Raspberry ketone affects the level of blood sugar, and encourages body metabolism by burning fat and it’s disposal from the body.
You should definitely add them in your diet plan and see results coming.
Healthy Skin And Hair
If you want to have healthy skin and hair, it is recommended to have at least one portion per day of fresh raspberries.
Raspberries work like magic on wrinkles. They can be used as a natural face mask, and can also protect the skin against harmful sun rays.
By filling in minor wrinkles, they can help restore your youthful appearance you always worry about.
You can make this really simple. Simply mix 1 cup of plain yogurt and 2 cups of fresh raspberries. Blend the mixture until it becomes completely smooth and apply it to your entire face, keeping it at least 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Good As Tea For Colds
The leaves from raspberries are used for preparation of a healthy herbal tea which dates from ages ago.It is recommended for consuming in cases of light cold, throat inflammation, high temperature, cough, intestine inflammation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and skin diseases.
Good Feminine Health Friend
Raspberries are good especially for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Raspberry leaves can be used as herbal teas for women, which regulate menstrual cycles and decrease excessively heavy menstrual flows.
For pregnant women, raspberry tea successfully relieves nausea, prevents hemorrhage, reduces pain and helps in childbirth.
For lactating mothers, raspberry tea or eating the fruit will help to increase the production of breast milk. Still, you better consult your physician prior consuming this tea!
Prevents Macular Degeneration
It is really good if you can incorporate at least 3 servings of raspberries per day,and prove their natural remedy abilities to prevent macular degeneration which occur by aging.
You can add these berries to your morning cereal, lunchtime yogurt, or, you can mix the frozen raspberries with a spoonful of honey, vanilla or soy milk, freezing them at least 30 minutes prior consumption.
How To Buy and Store Raspberries
Always select berries with firm structure, fleshy and dark in color. Avoid the ones which are soft, mushy or moldy.
Before storing in the fridge, go through and discard molded or spoiled ones if you want to avoid the spread on others.
They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, and never keep them at room temperature because it will spoil them quickly.
They are good frozen, and can stay that way at least 1 year. You can always make a stash, using them for smoothies, some delicious summer cake or homemade ice cream.
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