One cup of raspberries has about 63 calories, including 7 fat calories. Raspberries contain no sodium, cholesterol or saturated fats. This serving size contributes 54% of the recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin C, 1% vitamin A, 32% dietary fiber, 1% protein, 5% carbohydrates, 5% vitamin E, 12% vitamin K, 3% thiamin, 4% niacin, 3% vitamin B6, 6% folate and 4% pantothenic acid. Raspberries are loaded with minerals: 5% iron, 3% calcium, 7% magnesium, 4% phosphorous, 5% potassium, 3% zinc, 6% copper and 41% manganese. It only takes a half-pound to a pound of raspberries to meet the DV of 30 grams of fiber.http://www.ebiochem.com/
Berries are linked to improved cardiovascular and neurological health as well as cancer prevention. They contain ellagic acid, which is believed to be a powerful antioxidant. They are also rich in vitamin C, a natural anti-inflammatory that fights infection and promotes healing. The soluble fiber found in raspberries may be helpful to diabetics by slowing the release of carbohydrates in the bloodstream and lowering blood cholesterol levels.
OTHER HEALTHFUL BENEFITS
Raspberries are in the top ten fruits and vegetables highest in polyphenol antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory ingredients include anthocyanins that improve eyesight and memory.
Raspberries are gaining interest in the cosmeceuticals (healthy skin products) industry. Their tiny seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, affording a natural skin protection factor (SPF) between 25 and 50.http://www.ebiochem.com/
Raspberry herbal tea is an age-old remedy that originated with the Native Americans. The tea is made from the leaves of the raspberry plant and is used to soothe colds, sore throats and canker sores. It has also been used to aid digestive problems and hasten childbirth.
CULTIVATING GOOD HEALTH
In recent years, scientists have studied raspberries for their cancer-fighting properties. It appears that the berry has a unique formula that works to inhibit cancer growth in laboratory experiments. Red raspberry “cultivars,” specimens containing high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients that are scientifically cultivated—have been freeze-dried to preserve their nutritional benefits. This research opens up new possibilities for developing super strains of high nutrient, organic berries that can be taken instead of nutritional supplements.