Raspberries are one of the summer’s nutritional powerhouses. One cup of raspberries provides numerous nutrients and antioxidants including over half of the daily target for vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support immunity and skin health and also helps produce collagen. That single cup of raspberries also packs an impressive 8 grams of dietary fiber which is one third of the daily recommended amount. The fiber in raspberries helps beneficial gut bacteria flourish which has been linked to helping support stronger immunity and a more positive mood. In addition to these benefits, raspberries also contain manganese and vitamin K, which both play a key role in supporting bone health. Nutritionally raspberries are one of the lowest-sugar fruits, with only 5 grams per cup.
Raspberries are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been linked to lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The antioxidants present in raspberries have also been shown to help reduce inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging. The natural protective substances present in raspberries have also been linked to helping repair DNA and to assist in blocking enzymes that trigger arthritis pain.
Aside from tasting great on their own raspberries are a fantastic addition to smoothies, cereal toppings or salads. For a sweet option to enjoy fresh raspberries – check out this recipe - http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/258637/cocoa-chia-pudding-with-raspberries/
Denise Boyd, BSc, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RNH) with a specialization in Cognitive and Immune Support.