Jul 27, 2015

6 Reasons We Should All Be Eating More Raspberries

Nothing tastes like summer more than a handful of fresh-picked raspberries. Raspberries are not as popular as blueberries, for example, but these berries have a host of fantastic benefits. They are chock full of fiber, antioxidants, and essential vitamins.

These little berries are an excellent source of ellagic acid that stops the growth of cancer cells, reducing your risk of cancer. Moreover, raspberries are fortified with B vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, folate, iron, niacin, riboflavin, copper, potassium, and magnesium.

Some of the most powerful antioxidants, such as pelargonidins, anthocyanins, quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, ellagic acid, kaempferol, catechins, and salicylic acid are found in raspberries as well. No wonder, they have so many wonderful health and beauty benefits. Here are some of the best ones:

1. Reduce macular degeneration

When it comes to macular degeneration prevention, it’s obvious that you can’t rely on raspberries only. However, 2-3 handfuls of raspberries a day help prevent severe vision loss and slow the progression of macular degeneration considerably.

Whether you consume those handfuls in your oatmeal, smoothie, salad or dessert, you know that you keep your eyes healthy and do a lot of good to your overall health. Read on, here’s another surprising health benefit of eating raspberries regularly you probably didn’t know…

2. Good for feminine health

Raspberries and their leaves have been used for many centuries to boost the health of the female reproductive system. Nowadays many gynecologists recommend women to consume raspberries to reduce heavy menstrual flows, and pregnant women for relieving nausea, preventing hemorrhage and fighting pain.

If you are pregnant, make sure you consult your doctor before drinking any raspberry leaf tea or adding the berries to your eating plan. If you are not pregnant, get into a habit of eating your handfuls of raspberries each day to improve your feminine health and boost your energy levels.

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3. Ward off cancer

Yep, guys, if you eat raspberries on a regular basis, you have a lower risk of getting cancer. As I mentioned above, raspberries are high in ellagic acid, a phytonutrient that helps your body get rid of free radicals and keep your cell membranes healthy.

Apart from ellagic acid, raspberries, as you already know, contain a lot of antioxidants that don’t let cancer ruin your life. While most people can’t avoid cancer, why not try to prevent it? At least try.

4. Banish wrinkles

Regardless of her age, every woman wants to avoid or banish wrinkles. Anti-aging creams are not as effective as the ads say so it’s best to look for natural ways to prevent premature wrinkles and reduce those you already have. Add raspberries to your daily diet and make a raspberry facial mask twice a week.

Create your own masks instead of buying. My favorite one is an oatmeal raspberry facial mask. Mix oatmeal, honey, yogurt and raspberries together. Apply it to your face and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes. Don’t rub.

You can also try a yogurt raspberry facial mask. Just blend fresh raspberries and plain yogurt until smooth and apply the mixture to your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm and then cold water to get a glowing skin. Don’t forget to apply your moisturizer and drink enough water during the day.

5. Keep immune system strong and healthy

I’m sure summer is the best season to start improving our immune systems. First, because all the fruit, berries and vegetables are mostly organic. Second, because it’s cheap. Due to their high vitamin C content, raspberries have incredible immune-boosting properties. Plus, the berries are high in potent antioxidants that help ward off a number of serious diseases.

If you’re not a big fan of raspberries but you want to reap all their health benefits. Start small. Add some berries to your milkshake, yogurt, oatmeal, both fruit and vegetable salads and fruit-based desserts. You can even add some raspberries to your fruit-infused water. Just because you don’t like raspberries, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their benefits to the fullest.

Read also – 9 Most Delicious Ways to Eat More Berries

6. Stay slim

Perhaps you know what to eat to lose weight and keep it off. Did you include raspberries in your daily diet? Most dieters omit these delis berries without realizing how helpful they are.

Raspberries are a wonderful source of manganese and dietary fiber – two of the best friends of every dieter. Manganese burns fat by speeding up your metabolism, while fiber helps to slow down the digestive process leaving you feeling fuller, longer.

Raspberries are in season now. They are organic and budget-friendly so besides eating them daily, think of freezing them so that you could enjoy their benefits during the fall and winter seasons. Do you think raspberries are a bit underrated these days? What’s your most delicious way to consume these berries? Let me know.

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