The red plump raspberries are more than pretty. They are just as essential as every other fruit when it comes to taking care of your health.
1. They are enriched with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
The small fruit is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It contains 50% vitamin C and 12% vitamin K. It also has traces of niacin, magnesium, calcium, copper, and riboflavin. Raspberries may also be eaten to boost your magnesium consumption.
2. They prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Heart disease remains to be the number 1 killer in the United States. While exercise and a proper diet are needed to prevent it, it may be supplemented with fruits that prevent inflammation of the blood vessels and arteries such as raspberries. Their component called polyphenol also reduces the build-up of plaque in these blood pathways and helps bring down blood pressure.
3. They show great promise in fighting obesity.
Raspberries may help reduce obesity incidence, which has been climbing over the last few years through one of their phytonutrients called ketones (reosmin). Ketones target certain fat cells in the body, increase heat to speed up the metabolism, and increase the consumption of oxygen especially by the body’s cells.
Nevertheless, one should be warned about taking weight loss supplements with ketones. This research is still in its infancy.
4. They help control chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is currently being looked into as the major cause of some of the serious diseases including cancer, heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. This usually happens when the body’s immunity goes into a hyperdrive and starts to constantly attack the other systems.
Raspberries contain ellagic acid that reduces the activity of enzymes that help promote chronic inflammation such as COX-2 (cyclo-oxygenase).
5. They may prevent or delay the development of cancer.
Dr. Daniel Nixon of Hollings Cancer Institute published a report on the effectiveness of raspberries in fighting cancer and found out that ellagitannins found in red raspberries can delay the growth of cancer cells. When they are in high concentrations, they encourage cell apoptosis (cellular death). A very distinct characteristic between cancer cells and normal cells is that the former don’t die but rather multiply, sometimes aggressively.