Pretty and powerful
Red raspberries are well-known for their distinctive flavor and ruby hue, but they are also high in vital nutrients. Most outstanding are the abundance of flavonoids and lignans, which offer a range of benefits. Consuming raspberries supports disease prevention, healthy digestion, and may help reduce blood cholesterol. Who knew these little beauties were so powerful!
Raspberries are one of our favorite berries, so it was an easy decision to add them to our Berries Superfood Snack. We’re especially drawn to their captivating floral notes, which make them seem sweeter than other berries. Raspberries also provide a range of incredible health benefits and are widely-available.
What benefits do raspberries offer?
Like other fruits and vegetables, raspberries are rich in polyphenols, specifically flavonoids and lignans. Each of these naturally occurring micronutrients promotes good health and supports disease prevention. Read on to discover the goodness beyond this ingredient’s pretty appearance and flavor.
Rich in Antioxidants
Flavonoids and lignans, along with other micronutrients found in raspberries, form a powerful disease-fighting team. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, together they support cardiovascular, endocrine, and nervous system health.
Lignans, in particular, which contain both antioxidants and phytoestrogens, play an important role in fighting certain cancers. Phytoestrogens mimic the estrogen hormone, and may slow the growth of hormone-sensitive cancers.
Like blueberries, raspberries are abundant in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, vitamin C, quercetin, and ellagic acid. As the name indicates, antioxidants help combat oxidative stress which contributes to inflammation, aging, and increases the risk of many chronic diseases. Studies show that ellagic acid, in particular, helps repair damaged DNA. Raspberries have more of this cancer-fighting polyphenol than any other berry.
Controls Blood Sugar
Raspberries are a nutrient-rich, low Glycemic Index food, making them the perfect addition to low GI snacks or desserts. Raspberries also contain tannins which are known to block the digestive enzyme that breaks down carbs. As a result, fewer carbs are absorbed by the body and blood sugar levels are less impacted.