Medicinal values of blackberry


Balckberry is found almost everywhere in India during summer. This fruit has tremendous medicinal values and is beneficial for heart patients, diabetes patiesnt and in many other diseases. This article discusses the medicinal values of blackberries.

Blackberry is a common fruit of Rubus genus. Blackberry is commonly available during summers all over India. Blackberries are black or dark brown in colour. It grows wild on thorny bushes and each berry has one seed. Blackberries are used to make jam, juice, desserts and even wine. Blackberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre. Not only that, these are low in calories, carbohydrates and fats and rich in anti-oxidants. In this article eight benefits of blackberries are being discussed.

Blackberry helps in cancer prevention:

Blackberries contain anthocyanins. This anti-oxidant gives dark color to the fruit. Anthocyanins destroy free radicals in the body which harm cells and cause cancer. It has also been found that ellagic acid in blackberries also have anti-cancer properties. Blackberries and other berries reduce esophageal cancer by relieving the oxidative stress caused by Barrett's esophagus. Blackberries also contain phenolic acid which has powerful anti-cancer properties.

It helps in preventing cardio-vascular complications

Anthocyanins also help in reducing inflammation, preventing heart disease. Vitamin C in blackberries also acts as anti-oxidant and taking one cup of blackberries every day helps in reducing cardio-vascular complicatons.

Blackberry controls sugar level

The fibre in blackberries helps to maintain sugar level in body by controlling the activities of the digestive tract. In fact, recent studies have found that blackberry is extremely beneficial for not only controlling but also reducing sugar level in the body. Every diabetes patient must take blackberries or blackberry juice regularly.

Blackberry improves bone health

This fruit is a good source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body for clotting of blood and to aid absorption of calcium. Vitamin C contained in blackberry also improves the health of bone.

It improves eye sight and vision

The anthocyanins available in blackberries protect against macular degeneration and age related eye disease which may lead to complete blindness for people above 50. So, people suffering from macular degeneration must increase the intake of blackberries.

It clears digestive tract health

One cup of blackberry juice or sufficient amount of blackberries containing fibres promotes healthy digestion and aids in maintaining bowel. Blackberry is immensely helpful to maintain and improve the health of digestive tract.

It improves women's health

Phytoestroens are naturally occurring plant estrogens found in blackberries. Reecent research has found that it may help to relieve the premenopausal and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. It may also help with the symptoms of bloating and even menopausal symptoms.

It improves the skin

Vitamin C, ellagic acid and other anti-oxidants present in blackberry immensely help in maintaining the skin health even after 40. It lessens the appearance of wrinkles. A recent study also indicates that blackberry helps in preventing skin cancer also.

Concluding comments

Although blackberry is becoming costlier nowadays, all of us must consume sufficient quantity of this extremely beneficial food during summer.


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