Even though raspberries are small, the health benefits of raspberries are powerful. It is important to note that the many health benefits of raspberries actually come from consuming the entire fruit, including the seeds. According to Dave Grotto, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, “The beauty of eating raspberries is that you get great taste and a natural pharmacy all in one.” From cancer to obesity, raspberries prove to be a nutrition powerhouse.
Raspberries and Fertility
One particular health benefit of raspberries that many may not know about is in the area of fertility. A study by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that men over 44 with the highest intake of Vitamin C had 20 per cent less damage to their sperm DNA than men who did not eat foods high in Vitamin C. Raspberries contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is a key nutrient in male fertility, and magnesium, which is involved in the production of testosterone. And raspberries are also thought to protect sperm from oxidative stress.
Couples trying to conceive would do well to incorporate raspberries into their daily diet. One portion of raspberries provides the same amount of Vitamin C as 173 grapes. Raspberries are also a good source of folate, which is known to be essential in key stages of female fertility and early embryo development.
Another health benefit of raspberries is their ability to help maintain a healthy body weight, which is one of the important keys to balancing sex hormones and thus increasing the likelihood of conceiving. Raspberries also have the lowest GI (Glycemic Index) of any fruit, meaning their sugar is absorbed into the body slowly.
Health Benefits of Raspberries
- organic raspberries are higher in antioxidants than non-organic
- rich in Vitamin A
- boosts the immune system
- anti-aging benefits
- anti-inflammatory benefits
- rheosmin in raspberries can increase metabolism in fat cells
- helps with fertility & conception
- over 200 species of raspberries
- rubus jamaicensis type of raspberry best to inhibit cancer
- helps overall liver health
- helps manage blood sugar
- decreases risk of obesity
- decreases risk of fatty liver
- increases red blood cells
- 1 cup of raspberries = 63 calories
- excellent source of Vitamin C
- excellent source of ellagic acid
- high in manganese and fiber
- red raspberries highest ORAC value
Awesome Iced Raspberry Green Tea Recipe
3 Cups organic raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 Cup organic sugar or raw honey
4 Cups boiling purified water
2 family sized organic green tea bags
2 ½ Cups cold purified water
extra raspberries for garnish ice cubes from organic lime juice
1. In a large container combine raspberries & sugar. Use a wooden spoon & smash sugar & berries together.
2. Add 4 cups boiling water to the 2 family sized green tea bags. Let tea steep for 3 minutes. Discard tea bags.
3. Pour tea over raspberry mixture & let stand 1 hour. Stir to dissolve sugar.
4. Pour tea mixture through a wire mesh strainer into a 2 quart pitcher. (Discard the crushed solids, or save for another use, such as adding to a smoothie.) Pour the cold water into the tea. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with extra berries or lime if desired. Serve over ice.