Raspberries are one of those fruits that bless us not only with its stunning flavor but also with the many benefits it has on our body. Rich in manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and P, but especially vitamin C, they are a fruit that can keep the heart healthy and strengthen the immune system.
What is a raspberry?
The delicious raspberry, bright red-pink, is one of the most popular berries you want to enjoy! It is a rich source of chemicals, vitamins, and minerals essential for optimal health.
From a botanical point of view, raspberries are a small shrub, belonging to the Rosacea family, genus Rubus. It is native to Europe, but today it is widely grown in many temperate regions around the world. Poland, the United States, Germany, and Chile are some of the prominent areas of raspberry growing.
Botanical name: Rubus idaeus.
There are several different subspecies of raspberries. However, the most popular is the red raspberry, which is the result of hybridization between the types of R. idaeus (European raspberry) and R. strigosus (American raspberry).
Technically, the whole berry is an aggregate of small fruits, arranged in a circle around a hollow central cavity. Each small fruit contains a juicy pulp with a single tiny light yellow seed. Raspberries have a taste that varies depending on the growing area, from sweet to sour; a feature that is quite similar to strawberries.
Raspberries reduce the risk of cancer.
Raspberries can fool cancer cells, raspberry extracts can prevent the growth of cancer cells and, in addition, can destroy intestinal, prostate, and breast cancer cells.
One study found that raspberry extract killed up to 85% of stomach cancer cells.
Another study shows that an antioxidant H-6, found in the raspberry extract, caused the destruction of 40% of ovarian cancer cells.
Raspberries relieve joint pain.
Raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The reason is that they contain an enzyme called Resveratrol (a powerful antioxidant).
Scientists in Italy have investigated the effect of Resveratrol on people with rheumatoid arthritis. They found that those treated with Resveratrol had more pain and less inflammation. Inflammatory markers in the blood were much lower than people who did not take this enzyme.
Raspberries fight against premature aging
A study conducted in the United States by a team led by Dr. J. Beekwilder showed that they are extremely rich in substances with antioxidant effects. Thus, it was considered the strongest fruit in this regard. Antioxidants in raspberries protect the body from so-called free radicals, which trigger accelerated tissue aging, DNA degeneration, and the appearance of various diseases specific to old age. To benefit from the antioxidant effect of raspberries, you must consume 150 grams of this fruit daily, in cures of at least 7 days. In the extension of the raspberry cure, other summer fruits can be consumed, with similar effects, such as red currants, blueberries, or blackberries.
Raspberries and blackberries are two exceptional stimulants of immunity. Consume 150-300 grams per day of one of these fruits, in cures of at least 12 days. Both contain large amounts of vitamin C, but also anthocyanin pigments, substances that stimulate the production of cells of the immune system and activate existing ones.
Raspberries contain substances such as flavonoids and phytochemicals that help prevent many diseases. This fruit is composed of substances that help prevent bladder infections by preventing the adhesion of bacteria to the cells lining the walls of the urinary tract.
Raspberries fight against diabetes
They are part of a special category of fruits that, although they contain a fairly high percentage of sugars, their administration in doses of 150-200 grams per day does not lead to large increases in blood sugar. Moreover, raspberries stabilize blood sugar levels, stimulate the pancreas (both endocrine and exocrine secretion), stimulate diuresis, and normalize cholesterol levels.