Blackberry

by admin on September 16, 2014

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The blackberry is simply one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They are full of natural goodness and have lots of essential nutrients and vitamins which are very good for your health. So, if you are someone that enjoys eating delicious blackberry Jam or pie, pat yourself on the back, as you’ve chosen a great antioxidant in fruit.

Green Blackberry by Alex Skelly
Unripe green version (right) by Alex Skelly

The berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can find. They have very high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value and can supply your body with a whopping 2036 units of antioxidants per 100 grams.

Ripe berries are packed with powerful antioxidants like polyphenols and anthocyanins. Antioxidants, as you know, are very essential for your body. They fight and neutralize free radicals which can cause serious damage to your health. According to research institutes, regular intake of antioxidants can reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer.

B is for Blackberries
Blackberries (Photo on Right by Ali S) are rich in salicylate, which is a natural analgesic (pain reliever). It can help reduce the risk of heart diseases significantly. They are also rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is yet another powerful antioxidant which can fight the free radicals in the body. More importantly,
vitamin E can prevent all types of skin related problems caused by free radicals. Wrinkles, dark spots, and other such skin problems are usually caused by the action of free radicals on the skin. By eating blackberries regularly, you can stay away from these problems. As well, blackberries contain lots of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system.

One cup of blackberries, which is around 150g, contains 75 calories, one gram of protein, half a gram of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, around 8 grams of fiber, and needless to say, plenty of antioxidants. In short – it is one of the healthiest
foods you can eat.

Amazingly, the entire plant of blackberry is full of valuable nutrients. Its stem, its leaves, and roots are full of tannic acid, which is also a natural analgesic. The leaves, roots, and the outer parts of the stem are usually dried and used to make tea which has a lot of medicinal values.

It is suggested that you eat blackberries raw, as cooking can break down some valuable nutrients present in them. Since they
are full of natural fructose sugars, the ripe berries are delicious to eat. So, add blackberries to your everyday meal and
enjoy their natural goodness.

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