A common fruit, the raspberry has been used for ages due to its severe and antispasmodic properties. This vibrant red-coloured, exquisite and delicate fruit is rich with nutrients, minerals and vitamins that should be included in your diet.
As a woman, the raspberry not only nourishes you but also boosts your immunity and keep several health complications away. Some of the reasons you should eat raspberries more often include:
Raspberries have one of the highest concentrations of cancer fighting antioxidants than any other fruit. They also contain ellagic acid, a natural phenol antioxidant found in fruits and veggies. Ellagic acid has been known to lower oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and ultimately altering the development or reproduction of cancer cells.
The high amount of antioxidants in these berries is known to protect the embryo after conception therefore reducing your chances of having a miscarriage. The antioxidants are also famous for protecting the sperm from oxidative damage enabling successful fertilization
Due to their hormone-regulating and uterine-toning properties, raspberries are known to support the complicated metabolic functions associated with your periods. Raspberry leaf tea can regulate irregular menstrual cycles, reduce heavy periods, and ease cramps.
Low with fat, raspberries are instead packed with fibre and manganese which slow down digestive process so you feel fuller for longer and helps burn body fat respectively. The sweet smelling property in raspberries, Ketone, is known for its weight loss benefits. This is clearly seen through the many weight loss supplement made marketed, many made from Ketone.
Pregnancy and post-partum
Drinking raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester reduces your morning sickness while it also tones your uterus towards delivery. The latter eases you labour pains hence reducing the chances of post birth bleeding. Raspberry has been known to increase you breastmilk production which is good for both you and your baby.
Of all known berries, raspberries offer the highest amount of fiber which helps to pull cholesterol away from the heart, helps you to feel full, and also slows down how quickly your blood sugars rise. Anthocyanins (antioxidants) found in these fruits may help fend off certain chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
Raspberries allow plenty of blood into the eye hence fueling your retinas with essential vitamins. The Vitamins A and C contained in high levels in raspberries protects the eyes against damage and prevents formation of cataracts and Dry Eye Syndrome.
Both the water-soluble vitamin C and beta-carotene found in raspberries boost your immunity. This is because Vitamin C, an antioxidant agent, is highly effective in cleansing your blood and cells. Anti-inflammatory properties in raspberries prevents damage to the cell membranes.
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