When it comes to nutrition, no one can beat Mother Nature.The health-giving qualities of blackberries and raspberries have been legendary since the time of ancient Greece. Consider what research has shown us about the important health benefits of a small raspberry or blackberry.
These berries abound in antioxidants that may impart significant health benefits. Among these antioxidants are the phytochemicals anthocyanin and ellagic acid, and vitamins C and E. Cooking does not seem to destroy ellagic acid, so even jams and desserts retain their health benefits.
After producing the largest ranking of antioxidant foods to date, a collaboration of Norwegian and US scientists have determined that in terms of the highest antioxidant content per serving, blackberries top the list. They are also a natural source of salicylate, an active substance found in aspirin.
Raspberries are an especially excellent source of two critical antioxidant nutrients: magnesium (62% Daily Value) and vitamin C (51.3% DV), as well as dietary fiber (33.4% DV).
So why not just take a nutritional supplement? Research has shown that it is the combination of phytochemicals working together with berry fiber, vitamins, and minerals which make it so wholly effective. Besides who wants to miss out on all that great berry flavor. Here’s to your health!