Raspberry is a tasty and nutritious fruit that thrives all year round, making it a perennial plant. Once upon a time, though, it was just a summer fruit, but now has been altered by technology to bloom the entire year. Raspberries are cultivated primarily in temperate regions of the world whose climate they require, with Russia and Poland as the main growers.
Modern varieties are available in many crossbreed forms which can range from Purple Raspberries, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Golden Raspberries to Blue Raspberries. Counting even the obscure variants there are approximately over 200 species of this fruit that are grown in many continents of the world. Raspberries are well-liked for their nutritious qualities.
While all raspberries belong to the scientific genus known as Rubus, most of the raspberry types that are cultivated for commercial purposes can be classified into three basic groups. These are black raspberries, red raspberries, and purple raspberries. All 3 types can be used for detox purposes.
1. Black Raspberries
Black raspberries can look so dark that they may be difficult to identify as blackberries in terms of color. One of the most widespread commercially cultivated variants are the thimbleberry, scotch cap, or black cap raspberries.
2. Red Raspberries
Ripe red raspberries are usually recognized by the hue of red in their appearance, with this red shade looking pinkish at times. Of all the commercially grown raspberries, the European red raspberry is among the most easily found.
3. Purple Raspberries
The purple raspberry is actually a hybrid, wherein the black and red variants have been crossbred. As black raspberries and red raspberries went through natural mutations over time, yellow raspberries emerged. However, though golden or yellow in appearance, these raspberries are in fact still the black or red raspberry species.
7 Health Benefits of Raspberries
1. Raspberries boost immunity.
Vitamin C is essential for the body, and it needs to be replenished regularly since it is not stored by our body cells. Raspberry is a packed with Vitamin C which enhances general immunity, combats flu, colds, infections and other common daily illnesses. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant agent (1) and highly effective in cleansing our blood and cells, permitting our immune system to perform optimally.
Furthermore, antioxidants flush out free radicals that are byproducts of our bodies, which can damage the cells and our DNA. Besides Vitamin C, Raspberries also have phenols and anthocyanins in them which are also potent antioxidants.
2. Raspberries fight aging.
Since raspberries have been observed to be useful as an antioxidant, they are also effective at holding back the aging process. Premature aging can be caused by exposure to UV rays, pollution, unwholesome lifestyle and constant stress. Raspberries being dense in antioxidants counterbalance age causing free radicals, keeping you looking young and fresh, and protected from skin cancer. (2)
3. Raspberries can help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Ellagic acid in raspberries has been observed to effectively fight the Big C. A cup of Raspberries has around 40 mg of ellagic acid, which taken in moderate amounts prevents the incidence of cancers. Cancer patients who increase eating raspberries create the potential to destroy malignant growths through a process known as Apoptosis, a systematic cell death via a biochemical reaction. The ellagic acid in raspberries starts this
The ellagic acid in raspberries starts this process, and has been observed to be effective in pancreas, esophagus, skin, breast, colon, and prostate cancer to name a few. The antioxidant qualities of raspberries also aid in fighting cancer. (3)
4. Raspberries help sustain eye health.
Raspberry consumption boosts vision acuity and protects the eye from infections and other kinds of harm. With raspberry being loaded with antioxidants, it shields the retina from oxidative stress, making it effective against vision impairment due to cataract or age-related degenerative eye disease. (4)
The mixture of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, A and phenols thwart disease and protect the membranes of the eye which secrete watery fluid that cleans, lubricates and protects it. The ellagic acid in raspberries has likewise been observed to contribute to eye health and vision.
5. Raspberries help manage inflammation.
Raspberry is potent with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and tannins which effectively counteract inflammation of the intestines, stomach, bones and cardiovascular system.
Red raspberries, in particular, have been observed to bring down occurrences of inflammation by regulating the deterioration of collagen, the essential protein in connective tissues of the body needed for cell mending. Raspberries have also been observed to mitigate the intensity of arthritis. (5)
6. Raspberries help manage diabetes symptoms.
Raspberries contain modest amounts of sugar and are loaded with dietary fiber, making them safe to eat for diabetics.
Raspberries possess two nutrients, tiliroside and rheosmin which are good for diabetics. Rheosmin has benefits for obese people, while tiliroside pushes the body to create adiponectin to manage sugar and insulin amounts in type 2 Diabetes sufferers.
Adiponectin is vital for the management of blood fats and sugar. (6) It is a protein needed for glucose breakdown. Glucose breakdown triggers its absorption and puts off elevated amounts of undigested sugar from circulating in the blood, preventing sugar spikes. Raspberries also contain fructose, a natural sugar that does not require insulin for it to be broken down.
7. Raspberries help promote weight loss.
Raspberries are exceptionally low in fat, packed with fiber, and bursting with water at 95% content, a triple threat for losing weight. Their trace metal composition also includes manganese, potassium and phosphorus which re-establishes the equilibrium of electrolytes in the body.
As a low-calorie fruit, it helps keep the weight off. Ketones (Rheosmin) found in raspberries have also been observed to be very useful in burning fat deposited in the abdominal area.
If you have no allergic reactions to berries, then raspberries are OK for you. However, some studies have revealed that the presence of tannins (though minimal) may contribute to the development of tumors, if consumed in high concentrations. Luckily, raspberries have quite small amounts of tannins and have not demonstrated any detrimental effects.
Raspberry Detox Water Recipes
1. Lemon Raspberry Infused Water
Raspberries and lemons are an ideal combination of sweet and tart taste, and mashed raspberries lend to water a delightful pink hue.
Fill a 32 ounce jar with water and let a handful of crushed raspberries and lemon slices infuse at room temperature for around 60 minutes, or refrigerate 3 hours. Prior to serving, filter the infusion using a strainer until there are no more raspberry and lemon residue.
2. Raspberry, Basil and Mint Detox Water
The sweet and flavorful raspberry and lemon water detox is meant to keep you hydrated while eliminating toxins from the body. All you will need are fresh organic raspberries, mint leaves and basil leaves. Combine them in a container full of fresh water and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours. It is recommended that you drink half a bottle first thing in the morning and another at lunch. Raspberries and lemons are an ideal blend of sweet and tangy flavors, and they add to detox water lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
Combine them in a container full of fresh water and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours. It is recommended that you drink half a bottle first thing in the morning and another at lunch. Raspberries and lemons are an ideal blend of sweet and tangy flavors, and they add to detox water lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
3. Raspberry, Cucumber and Grape Detox Water
This triple threat can be both refreshing and rejuvenating. Cucumber hydrates extremely well and eliminates toxins from the body. Raspberries, as mentioned earlier, have anti-inflammatory qualities, among other things, and grapes possess anti-cancer properties as well as cleansing compounds. Mix this trio in a jug with fresh water, allow infusing for about an hour and drinking at room temperature, or better yet, serve chilled with ice.
Bright red, black, purple or even golden yellow, raspberries are among the most well-liked berries, whether eaten whole or infused in a detox water cocktail.
They are extremely dense with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that are important for optimal health.
Raspberries thrive all year-round hence they are available fresh all the time. They will also stay fresh in the refrigerator for some time. Take advantage of this incredible detox water ingredient and reap its benefits all-year-round.
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