Top 5 Health Benefits of Raspberries!

One of the most popular berries, the raspberry is a nutrient-dense easy-to-pick-at fruit that not only has an amazingly sweet flavour, but also packs in a huge amount of vitamins and minerals with minimal calorie intake. Read on for reasons why raspberries should be gracing your morning porridge or sneaking into your lunchbox with our Top 5 Health Benefits of Raspberries!

1. Helps reduce stress
Raspberries have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit, ten times more than tomatoes. Antioxidants have been proven in plants and animals to play a major role in reducing oxidative stress and reducing inflammation, both significantly reducing the risk in the development and production of cancer cells.

2. Helps combat illness
In addition to raspberries’ already impressive antioxidant levels its vitamin C content helps combat everyday illness and disease by supporting your immune system and vitalising your red blood cells. As you may be aware this vitamin also helps your body fight against viral infections and blood clots. Foods high in vitamin C also reduce the effects of DOMS after a workout.

3. Weight loss
Fibre is one of the most important factors when it comes to weight-loss. These low calorie fruits are sweet, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without tempting your dive into the cookie jar. Fibre fills you up.

4. Brain health
These berries are rich in flavonoids, which studies suggest play an important part in preventing cognitive decline and memory-loss. These flavonoids work in conjunction with antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress in the brain and allow for the maintenance of and development of major neural pathways.

5. Keeps fatigue at bay
Raspberries contain high levels of iron. Iron-deficiency is the most common nutrient-deficiency in the world and decreases the concentration of red-blood cells, resulting in symptoms such as tiredness, pale skin and heart palpitations.

So these are just a few reasons to get more of these pink, juicy berries into your diet. Stuck for recipes? Try adding them to overnight oats, or even mixing them with chicken in the savoury raspberry recipe in the video above. Feel free to try out some of the recipes and upload your picture on Instagram so we can see how you got along. Got something to say about raspberries? Comment below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  (Why not check out some of our other health food articles to help you keep YOUR Fit switched ON?)

Imogen Byers

Imi currently studies media and communication at Bournemouth University. She aspires to be a full-time health and fitness writer or travel journalist with the hopes of discovering as much as possible in the world of health and wellness. When she’s not studying or travelling, she can be found hitting it hard in the gym or making a mess in her kitchen trying out new recipes!

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