Today I received my Imperfect Produce box and I was so excited to see the plump, tasty raspberries in the box. I was a little apprehensive about ordering them because raspberries can lack flavor if they are picked too soon- fortunately, these were perfect! I have always loved raspberries and use to spend hours with my mom making raspberry jam. The hardest part about making the jam was not eating too many of the berries. I often ended up with a tummy ache during our jam making extravaganzas. However, I never felt guilty about how many berries I ate because I knew they were loaded with so many health benefits. Some of the most important benefits are discussed below.
Raspberries contain a phytonutrient called rheosmin that recent research has shown to increase the metabolism of our fat cells. This increase in metabolism may lead to a decreased risk of obesity and fatty liver disease.
The deep red of raspberry signal its potent antioxidant properties. Research suggest these antioxidants may signal certain cancer cells to engage in apoptosis, a cycle of programmed cell death. Also, the phytonutrients in raspberries may encourage the non-cancerous cells to remain non-cancerous.
Raspberries contain multiple compounds thought to help people with type II diabetes better manage their blood sugar. (Their high fiber content also helps with blood sugar management.)
One cup of fresh raspberries has almost 50% of your daily vitamin C, an important vitamin for immune system health.
Raspberries are rich in anthocyanins (they give raspberries their color) which can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women. These anthocyanins also inhibit the formation of blood clots.
Oregon is slowly moving into raspberry season. Be sure to take advantage of all the tasty health benefits they have to offer this summer.
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