Real Good Raspberries
The raspberry’s nutritional value is often overshadowed by it’s tastiness. For over 2000 years the raspberry has been the subject of medical interest for its digestive benefits and as a remedy for morning sickness. A new study has found that eating raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells. Ellagic acid has been clinically show to cause apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells. Tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have revealed that the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries.
Among several significant phytochemicals, red raspberries contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that has exhibited anti-carcinogenic effects against a wide range of carcinogens in several tissues. Ellagic acid contributes to significant inhibition of colon, esophageal, liver, lung, tongue, and skin cancers in studies with rats and mice, both in vitro and in vivo. By the same token, quercetin, one of the flavanols found in raspberries, has been found to be an effective anticarcinogen against skin, colon and mammary cancers in rodents.
Health Benefits of Raspberries
- High in polyphenolic compounds known for their anti-cancer properties.
- Contain strong antioxidants such as vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid.
- Have a high ORAC level – ORAC is a measure of the antioxidant capacity of a substance. Red raspberries with an ORAC of 24 µmole/TE/g are similar to blueberries, well known for their antioxidant values.
- Have been shown to inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes. Anti inflammatory products like ibuprofen and aspirin, inhibit COX-I and COX-II resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.
- Red raspberry oil is creating interest in the cosmeceutical market (skin care products which provide health benefits). The oil from raspberry seeds is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 25-50.
Did you know that 90% of the raspberries sold in the United States come from the Pacific Northwest? That’s a lot of raspberries. These berries are extremely versatile. You can make them into sauces, bake them into pies, blend them in smoothies, or eat them plain. We prefer to drink them in a shot BAZI.
Don’t overlook the raspberry when drinking your BAZI. Sure, compared to the exotic acai, mangosteen, jujube, seabuckthorn, and goji berry — the raspberry might seem a bit plain. But believe me, there is nothing plain about the nutrition in Raspberries.