FoodBlackberries: The seasonal superfruit that packs a powerful punch

Blackberries: The seasonal superfruit that packs a powerful punch

Blackberry jam
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26 June 2024 19:08

Did your eyes get drawn to blackberries at the stall? They're here! These are the next summer fruits for which the season ends quickly, so take every opportunity to eat them. They have many benefits, but mature women will particularly appreciate them because they can alleviate menopausal symptoms.

Blackberries are so delicious that it's best to eat them straight from the box or bush. They are a great idea for a small snack that can even be taken to work. These fruits have few calories and are much healthier than bars, especially diet ones.

Blackberries were known in folk medicine

Blackberries look similar to the more popular raspberries. However, due to their very dark, almost black colour, they cannot be mistaken for any other fruits. They were also used in folk medicine!

Blackberries - all positives

Alleviate menopausal symptoms. Fresh blackberry fruits are rich in phytoestrogens, naturally occurring plant estrogens. Therefore, these fruits are useful for painful periods and the unpleasant effects of menopause. Drinking infusions from blackberry leaves also eases hot flushes.

Blackberries are good for eyesight. They contain a lot of vitamin A, which supports eye function, prevents degenerative diseases, and reduces retinal inflammation. They are especially recommended for older people at risk for macular degeneration.

Reduce cancer risk. Blackberries are considered the fruit with the most antioxidants. As a result, they combat free radicals and provide natural cancer prevention. They also prevent the spread of existing cancers by destroying their cells.

Boost immunity. Blackberries are a valuable source of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. This vitamin not only strengthens the immune system but also stimulates the production of white blood cells and protects against the risk of atherosclerosis. As much as 21 mg of this vitamin can be found in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of fruit.

Support intestinal function. Blackberries are high in fibre, which prevents the formation of intestinal deposits, improves digestion, and regulates the functioning of the digestive system. They also keep you full for a long time, preventing snacking. They make a great addition to morning porridge.

Strengthen bones. Blackberries contain both calcium and magnesium, which build bone mass. They also have vitamin K, which contributes to bone density.

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