Raspberry is a very appreciated berry because it is sweet and juicy. Besides being very good, raspberry is also useful for our health: it is diuretic, it helps to fight menstrual pains and to lose weight. Let's discover all its properties!
Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) is one of the most popular berries: it is sweet and juicy and it has many healthy properties. It belongs to the Rosaceae family, it grows wild in the woods but we can also find it in the hilly areas. To grow well it needs a mild climate, and its ripening takes place between July and August. Among the raspberry varieties there are also black raspberries and yellow raspberries that differ mainly in size and color. These fruits are healthy, but also the leaves (harvested during summer, left to dry and then stored in glass jars) can be used for the preparation of infusions and decoctions with diuretic and astringent properties, and they are also useful to treat sore throat, gum inflammation, menstrual pains and diarrhea. These fruits are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C which make it a fruit with antioxidant power, and it also helps improve circulation and gives benefits the gastrointestinal tract. But let's discover which are all the properties of this precious berry.
Therapeutic and nutritive properties of raspberry
Raspberry is a fruit rich in polyphenes useful for protecting and strengthening blood vessels; Vitamin C instead, strengthens the immune system, and helps fight inflammation of the respiratory tract. The raspberry is also used as a laxative and natural diuretic, and its infusion can be used to fight stomach pains, inflammations and febrile states. It is often recommended during pregnancy to provide the fetus with mineral salts, but it is also useful to relax the uterus by preparing the woman during childbirth. Let's find out all the other benefits of this berry!
- Raspberry helps to lose weight: raspberries have slimming properties because the fiber content increases the sense of satiety making us eat less, moreover the mineral salts help us to get rid of toxins and excess fluids, making us feel less swollen. An important element is then the ketone which increases the metabolism and helps us burn fat. There are also supplements based on ketone to be taken under medical supervision to promote weight loss.
- Raspberry is good for women: it is useful both to treat the symptoms of PMS, including water retention, breast tension, irritation, and to regulate the menstrual cycle. This is mainly thanks to the raspberry bud useful also in case of menstrual pains (dysmenorrhea), ovarian cysts, lack of menstrual cycle (amenorrhea), as well as having benefits also on the symptoms of menopause.
- Raspberry fights tumors: this important antitumor property of raspberry is mainly due to anthocyanins and to ellagic acid contained mainly in black raspberries. They are two powerful antioxidants that help prevent tumors, mainly those affecting the intestine.
- Raspberry is a panacea for the skin: the raspberry has anti-aging cosmetic properties, thanks above all to vitamin C and vitamin A which have antioxidant properties and help the skin to remain firm and compact longer because it stimulates the production of collagen. In addition, the compresses with raspberry leaves are an excellent remedy to soothe irritated and reddened skin.