Health Benefits of Raspberries

Daily new information is gathered from studies on the health benefits of raspberries. Besides being a line from one of my favorite movies of all time (Thoroughly Modern Milly), it is something to consider when looking for ways be fit and healthy.

These delectable fruits, it has been discovered, prevent oral cancer. A study at Ohio State University has shown that raspberries have anit tumor agents. Anitoxidant qualites in the form of a polyphenol and an ellagic acid halt the progress of oral cancer. What this means is that abnormalities of the tongue, throat, nasal cavities and larynx can be stopped or prevented due to the health benefits of the raspberry.

Healthy Red Raspberries

Some hope that testing will also prove that they are beneficial for colon cancer and skin cancer.

They can be eaten fresh or dried into powder for consumption. Whichever way you choose to consume your raspberries you’ll be getting Vitamin C and K in good amounts. They also contain niacin, magnesium, calcium, copper and roboflvin.

Another benefit of raspberries is that they prevent inflammation of the blood vessels and arteries. This means they are good for your heart, too.

Polyphenol mentioned earlier in this article helps reduce plaque which can build up in your cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure.

Okay, so they are good for your heart, prevent cancer, reduce inflammation. What other health benefit can you get from red raspberries? My favorite of all! They do wonders for those over weight. They contain phytonutrients called ketones or reosmin. These actual enter your fat cells and speed up the metabolism. Wow! I think that’s super cool and one of the reasons they are on my shopping list now!

I’ve already mentioned that raspberries help with inflammation, which is of course one of the leading causes of cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Additionally they contain ellagic acid that reduces enzyme activities that cause the inflammation to begin with.

Animal studies related to cancer involving breast, cervical, colon, esophageal, and prostate cancer, raspberry phytonutrients have been shown to alter the development of cancer cells. They actually change the body’s signal to the cancer cells causing cell death of the cancer cells.

And if that wasn’t enough, they are also beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes.

Though we typically think of raspberries as being red-pink, there are several hybrids that produce a range of colors such as black, purple, orange, yellow and white.

Since they are low in calories and fat, they are good to eat even if you are on a diet. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. For example, one website I found noted that 100 grams of berries contain 52 calories, but 6.5 grams of fiber, which is 16% of the recommended daily intake for health benefits.

These sweet little fruits can decrease fat digesting enzymes released by our pancreas. It is thought that this causes us to digest and absorb less fat, thereby decreasing the risk of obesity.

The high levels of phenolic falvonoid phytochemicals play a role against cancer, aging, inflammation and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Vitamin C is abundant, fighting infections, free radicals. The same 100 grams of berries give us 47% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C.

A sweetener you may have heard of, Xylitol, is a low cal sweetener extracted from raspberries. This means they are a good source of sweet when you are on a diet or trying to keep your weight down.

You may not have heard of ORAC values, I hadn’t before writing this. It stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. ORAC foods help fight cancer in various ways. This berry is one of the top ranked ORAC fruits.

So, if I’ve convinced you about the health benefits of raspberries you may be wondering when you can buy them. Generally you can buy them all year round, but they are the freshest and cheapest from June to October.

They don’t stay fresh long, so be sure and eat them within a few days. Be sure and keep them refrigerated and wash them before eating.