by Dr. Joseph Pizzorno,
Founder Bastyr University, Medical Director Village Green Apothecary
Raspberries are a Super Fruit and in Season!
Not only are raspberries inexpensive and delicious, but they offer an amazing array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that aren’t found in most fruits. Eat them after a meal to improve digestion, block fat cell absorption and provide a natural anti-inflammatory response within your body.
Raspberries are low in sugar, only a few grams for a handful, and are a perfect thing to trade-in for a snack and especially for an after dinner desert.
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Research is discovering the benefits of using raspberries to improve the management of obesity. Scientists discovered that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries (called ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in fat cells, phytonutrients have been linked to decrease obesity risk as well as the risk of fatty liver, which stores fat around our mid-section when we age. This phytonutrient can decrease activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by our pancreas. A decrease in enzyme activity can lower the absorption of fat.
Raspberries have been shown to have anti-cancer benefits as well. New research is showing that these phytonutrients are able to change signals that are sent to potential or existing cancer cells in the body. In the case of existing cancer cells, phytonutrients like ellagitannins may be able to actually decrease cancer cells. They send a signal that causes apoptosis, a programmed cell death. For potentially cancerous cells, they may signal non-cancerous cells to remain non-cancerous.