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Raspberries (different species of the Rubus genus, mainly Rubus Idaeobatus) are the fruits available all year round. They could be yellow and orange, but the most used types are the red and black raspberries.

Benefits of Eating Raspberries

Beside the great taste, this fruit is a source of many powerful antioxidants and minerals.Antioxidants. Raspberries contain: flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol), tannins (ellagic acid, elligitannins) and anthocyanins. This fruit is packed with antioxidants; it contains 50% more antioxidants than strawberries and three times more than kiwi. Antioxidants, especially ellagic acid, are helping our body to fight against free radicals, damaging our cells and organs. Ellagic acid can also be found in health food stores, sold as a supplement.Anthocyanins in raspberries are responsible for the color of these fruits, giving them the distinctive, intensive red color. They also decrease the risk of heart problems and act as antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-aging substances. Anti-cancerous effect. Raspberries could affect the cancer cells, minimizing their proliferation and preventing different tumors in the body, especially colon cancer. This fruits inhibit the enzymes called methalloprotease, which may cause cancerous changes of the tissue, if produced in large quantities.Fighting against age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Studies on thousands of patients suffering from this illness have shown that just 3 servings per day of this fruit may prevent ARMD, one of the main causes of vision loss in older people. You could use raspberries as a part of your breakfast or in fruit salad with many other fruits.Rapsberries contain salycilic acid (usually found in Aspirin). This substance is known to slow the atherosclerotic process and affect many illnesses.Quercetin is a flavonoid found in raspberries. It has antioxidant effects and affects the release of histamine. Because of this effect it could be used to treat people suffering from allergies.Manganese and vitamin C are antioxidants present in raspberries. They protect the body from free oxygen radicals and their damage to the body. Other vitamins are also present in these fruits, like vitamins A, E and K, and complex of vitamins B: riboflavin and niacin, and many minerals, as magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, iron and copper.Raspberries do not affect the levels of blood sugar, thus they are suitable for diabetics.These fruits are full of soluble dietary fibers and therefore represent good choice for your diet.Studies show that raspberries act anti-inflammatory and have some painkiller effect to the body.Cooking the raspberries won’t affect many of the fruits’ ingredients, so you might try to make some raspberry jam.

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