Raspberries are dated back to the pre-historic times; they are believed to have originated in Asia. The first mention of the fruit in literature was in 1548 in an English-based book on herbal medicine. It is an edible fruit from the rose family.
Raspberries have a rich colour and a juicy taste that will leave your mouth craving for more, as they easily melt in your mouth due to their sweet and soft texture. They come in pink, purple, black, orange, yellow and white varieties.
Intake of raspberries has been known to come with its perks. It contains potassium that contributes to the maintenance of a healthy heart. The high polyphenol content in raspberries also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by preventing platelet build up and reducing blood pressure.
Raspberries have a high concentration of ellagic acid – a compound that prevents the formation of cancer cells as well as eliminates its progress. The fruit also reduces wrinkles by protecting you from harmful sunrays, because it contains vitamin C antioxidant powers, which reduce age spots and discolouration.
Raspberry is a friend to women. The leaf of this fruit can be used in herbal teas to aid in reducing the flow of menstrual cycles. For pregnant women, it relieves nausea, reduces pain, prevents hemorrhage and helps in reducing childbirth pain.
For breastfeeding mothers, it helps in the production of milk. Due to their high dietary fibre and manganese content, raspberries slow down the digestion process making you feel fuller for longer. The mineral manganese also keeps your metabolic rate high and thereby burns fat. It is thus one of the best natural options if you are looking to lose weight, and a sweet treat if you are looking to enjoy smoothies.