Among the foods rich in vitamin C that we can currently consume daily because they are so healthy and natural, we find different fruits that are beneficial to health, such as oranges or, on this occasion, raspberries.
Not for nothing does a cup of raspberries provide 88% of the amount of this vitamin that our body needs. As far as this vitamin is concerned, raspberries have a very important antioxidant capacity, capable of neutralizing free radicals and helping to prevent the appearance of cancer.
Therefore, knowing the different properties of raspberries is always useful and appropriate. But let’s take it one step at a time.
What is raspberry?
Raspberries are the fruit of the raspberry, a wonderful perennial shrub that can reach 2.5 meters in height, and named with the scientific name of Rubus idaeus (species belonging to the genus Rubus, originating from both Europe and Northern Asia).
As far as raspberries are concerned, they are a delicious red fruit of small size, with a rounded appearance and whose skin is extremely characteristic, as it has a rather velvety appearance.
Its pulp stands out for being tremendously aromatic, while its taste tends to be more between sweet and sour.
Although it can be consumed whole and raw, thus becoming one of the most common forms of consumption, it is also common to use it in the kitchen for the preparation of jams, preserves, and jellies.
What are the properties of raspberry?
High content of natural antioxidants
Raspberries are very rich in vitamin C, a vitamin with a very important antioxidant activity, which helps to prevent the appearance of cancer.
For this reason, it is a fruit with anti-cancer benefits, while helping to neutralize the negative effects of free radicals, preventing the premature aging of our cells.
Not only, as we will know in the following section, for its content in this vitamin but also its contribution to bioflavonoids.
Useful in the prevention of cardiovascular disease
It is also useful in preventing cardiovascular disease. And, in addition, it contains important anti-inflammatory activity.
Their regular consumption helps especially in fighting high levels of both cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. And it also helps to lower high blood pressure while improving blood circulation.
Helps eliminate toxins
Eating raspberries regularly helps us to detoxify our organism in a completely natural way, being useful to prevent the appearance of certain degenerative diseases that can arise as a result of the accumulation of toxins in our body.
Ideal for improving vision
Although this quality is more recognized in other foods, such as carrots, the reality is that did you know that raspberries naturally help prevent degenerative eye diseases?
This is the case, for example, with diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts. And all this thanks precisely to its contribution in carotenes, which in our body are transformed into vitamin A.
Ideal for pregnant women
As you will see below, 100 grams of raspberries provide about 32 mg of vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, an essential vitamin for both pregnancy and normal fetal development during pregnancy.
This is because folic acid is essential for the formation of new cells and the production of proteins.
Nutritional benefits of raspberries
As we mentioned in the previous section, there is no doubt that raspberries stand out, especially for their high vitamin C content. 100 grams of raspberries provide around 32 mg of vitamin C. A vitamin, by the way, is essential for our organism, with a recognized antioxidant action.
To this quality, we must add the presence in its composition of the wonderful bioflavonoids, with equally antioxidant action.
Nutritional information on raspberries
100 grams of raspberries contribute:
- Energy: 49 kcal.
- Carbohydrates: 5.20 gr.
- Proteins: 1.40 gr.
- Fats: 1.90 gr.
- Fiber: 4.68 gr.
- Minerals: calcium (40 mg), zinc (0.36 mg), phosphorus (44 mg), iron (1.00 mg), magnesium (30 mg), manganese (0.40 mg), potassium (170 mg), selenium (1.30 ug), sodium (3.00 mg) and iodine (0.60 ug)
- Vitamins: vitamin B1 (0.068 mg), B2 (0.050 mg), B3 (0.300 mg), B6 (0.075 mg), B9 (32 mg), vitamin C (32 mg).
This article is published for information purposes only. It cannot and should not substitute for consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.