Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Blackberry: how this wonderful fruit can benefit your health

Blackberries in a range of ripeness, in West H...Image via Wikipedia
Do you enjoy eating berries such as blueberries, strawberries or blackberries? If so, you've probably found that these berries can make a healthful and low calorie treat that really can't be beat.  One cup is full of eight grams of fiber and only about one hundred calories.

But, did you know that blackberries are another fruit that is power packed with nutrition and important health benefit and disease fighting properties?  Let's see how.

Blackberries and their history

Blackberries were grown wild across parts of Europe and North America.  They were used by ancient Greeks for their gout relieving properties.  It was also used by ancient people to treat diarrhea.  This is due to the blackberries' ingredient, tannin.

Health properties of blackberries
As mentioned, tannin is  an important healing ingredient in the blackberry.  It tightens mucus membrane tissue in the intestines and therefore decrease or lessens the risk and severity of diarrhea.

Tannin also helps in slowing and stopping minor bleeding, such as in the tea bag on the extracted tooth gum.  It is also beneficial in alleviating hemorrhoids.  Tannin also has anti-tumor properties.

Blackberries are also full of vitamins C, E and ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid is important in combatting certain cancers.  Blueberries are also high in potassium, manganese and magnesium. Lycopene is another important nutrient which can help prevent certain cancers.

Blueberries are also full of folate and  fiber which helps in controlling cholesterol, weight, and blood pressure.  Cooking does not appear to destroy this nutrient so this fruit can be enjoyed as jams or desserts. 

In summary

With all the wonderful health benefits of blackberries, it's a great idea to start enjoying this fruit in either recipes or as a natural snack.  Enjoy, and good health to you.


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