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Raspberry Health Benefits and Side Effects

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Raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. Red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries. The raspberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus; the name also applies to these plants themselves. Raspberries are perennial with woody stems. Raspberry derives its name from raspise, "a sweet rose-colored wine" (mid-15th century), from the Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys, or from raspoie, meaning "thicket", of Germanic origin. The name may have been influenced by its appearance as having a rough surface related to Old English rasp or "rough berry".There are many types of raspberries — including black, purple and golden — but the red raspberry, or Rubus idaeus, is the most common.
Raspberry Health Benefits and Side Effects.
Authors.
Hayk S. Arakelyan. Full Professor in Medicine,
Doctor of Medical Sciences, Ph.D , Grand Ph.D .
Senior Expert of Interactive Clinical Pharmacology , Drug Safety,
Treatment Tactics, General Medicine and Clinical Research.
Naira B. Chichoyan ,
Head of the Department Pharmacognosy, Associate Professor, PhD .
Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi .
Karine H. Dumanyan,
Assistant Professor of Department ofPharmacognosy ,Ph.D.
Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi .
Lilit A. Amiryan, M.D. Ph.D
Naira J. Babinyan
M.D. , Ph. D ,Doctor of Physiotherapy .
“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”
“Hippocrates”
Introduction.
Raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. Red
raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries.
The raspberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the
genus Rubus of the rose family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus;
the name also applies to these plants themselves. Raspberries
are perennial with woody stems. Raspberry derives its name from raspise, "a
sweet rose-colored wine" (mid-15th century), from the Anglo-Latin vinum raspeys,
or from raspoie, meaning "thicket", of Germanic origin. The name may have been
influenced by its appearance as having a rough surface related to Old
English rasp or "rough berry".There are many types of raspberries — including
black, purple and golden — but the red raspberry, or Rubus idaeus, is the most
common.
Raspberries: Nutrition Facts.
Raspberries are a great source of fiber, packing 8 grams per 1-cup (123-
gram).serving, or 32% and 21% of the RDI for women and men, respectively.
They provide more than half of the RDI for vitamin C, a water-soluble
nutrient essential for immune function and iron absorption. Raspberries also
contain small amounts of Vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium
and zinc.
Health Benefits of Raspberries.
Not only are raspberries vibrant, exquisite, and delicate, they’re also a powerhouse
of innumerable health benefits. The fruit which is a rich source of nutrients,
minerals, and vitamins, when included in your daily diet can help lower risk
of cancer, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and even enhance fertility.
Cancer Fighting Properties: Raspberries are packed with cancer-
fighting antioxidants. They have one of the highest concentrations of
antioxidants of any fruit on earth, almost 10x as much as
tomatoes. Raspberries also contain ellagic acid, a natural phenol
antioxidant found in fruits and veggies and is prevalent in berries. Animal
studies revealed raspberry phytonutrients have an important role in
lowering oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and thereby altering the
development or reproduction of cancer cells.
Maintains cardiovascular health: The potassium content in berries
helps regulates heart beat and blood pressure. Raspberries are rich
in minerals like manganese, copper and iron which produce red blood
cells.
Improves fertility: An article in Medical Daily claims that the Vitamin C
and magnesium in raspberries might improve fertility in both men and
women. One theory asserts that the antioxidants in raspberries protect
sperm health, promote conception, and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Mood and Memory Boosting: Consuming berries can prevent brain
damage and memory loss associated with aging. They also stave off
disease and other symptoms of old age by reducing stress through their
antioxidants. One study fund that higher intake of flavonoid-rich berries
can reduce cognitive decline. Interestingly enough, anthocyanin works in
synergy with quercetin to prevent age-related memory loss.
Healthy Tissues and Blood Vessels: Raspberries are full of Vitamin C
which helps repair skin tissues and aids in cell regeneration of the skin,
bones, ligaments and blood vessels.
Anti-inflammatory Properties: Raspberry prevents damage to the cell
membranes through its anti-inflammatory properties that help with heart-
disease, fortify your immune system, and aid with digestion. A recent
study claims that the Ellagic acid, a natural phenol antioxidant found in
fruits and veggies and prevalent in raspberry juice, is responsible for the
berry’s anti-inflammatory effect in the gastro-intestinal tract.
Boosts Immunity: Raspberries are rich in Vitamin C, which increases
general immunity to everyday illnesses and rare infections. Vitamin C
boosts the antioxidant levels in raspberries and helps clean blood cells so
they can stave off unwanted viral incursions. The anti-oxidants like
phenols and anthocyanin keep us healthy in the now and staves off some
of the effects of aging so we can remain healthy for years to come.
Maintains Eye Health: The combination of antioxidants like Vitamin C,
Vitamin A and phenols in raspberries ward off disease and safeguard the
membranes of the eye that produce the watery fluid thereby cleaning and
protecting the eyes from drying out. Ellagic acid is also an active
component of healthy vision.
Good for Diabetics: The Rheosmin, Tiliroside, Fructose, high fiber and
low glycemic index of Raspberries makes them a sweet treat for diabetics
and anyone who has to watch their blood sugar levels.
Noli Nocere !!!!
Side Effects !
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer,
ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Red raspberry might
act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by
exposure to estrogen, don't use red raspberry.
Diabetes: Red raspberry leaf might lower blood sugar levels in people with
diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor
your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use red raspberry leaf.
If you have any questions concerning Raspberry Health Benefits and
Interactions , interactive clinical pharmacology , or any other questions, please
inform us.
Hayk S. Arakelyan.
Naira B. Chichoyan.
Karine H. Dumanyan.
Lilit A. Amiryan.
Naira J. Babinyan.
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