Raspberries, especially when organically grown and fully ripe, are a rich source of antioxidants, qualifying them as a ‘superfood’. In addition to many benefits of high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory foods, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, as described in other posts, nutritional profile and recent research suggests the following health promoting features:
- Assists blood sugar regulation due to specific compounds in raspberries, rheosmin (also known as raspberry ketone) and tiliroside. Recent research has also suggested that these compounds increase metabolism in fat cells, potentially reducing absorption and deposition of fat
- Excellent source of Vitamin C, for connective tissue health, wound healing and immunity
- Good source of fibre
- Excellent source of trace mineral manganese, as well as source of other minerals including copper, magnesium and potassium
- Source of Vitamin B5, B9, E, K and biotin
- Source of omega-3 fatty acids
We have more detailed information about why it is so important, and which foods are most important to buy organic in our ebook, Healthy Habits.