Raspberry season is here and not only do these small, innocuous looking berries pack a high degree of nutritional value they are a delicious addition to a healthy lifestyle. There are eight different species of raspberries in the world, the most popular being red raspberries.
It is also one of the few fruits whose consumption has little effect on blood sugar levels. Research is suggesting that raspberries may have cancer protective properties; inhibiting cancer cell proliferation and tumor formation in various parts of the body, including the colon.
Raspberries are also an excellent source of quercetin, an antioxidant that diminishes the release of histamines, minimizing allergic reactions, as well as vitamin C and manganese which help protect our body from environmental damage.
A recent studies have shown that consuming 3 or more servings a day will lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in older adults.
The raspberry has been used for centuries to treat pregnant women with morning sickness.