Raspberry: benefits and harm to the body
Raspberries are a favorite berry of many children and adults. It is consumed fresh and canned, and dried fruits and leaves are a valuable medicinal raw material. The composition and characteristics of the use of the plant in folk medicine, including contraindications for use and harm, are described below.
The chemical composition of raspberries
The fruits of this shrub have a different size, color and shape, depending on the variety. They differ in taste due to different amounts of acid.
On average, the chemical composition of 100 g of berries is as follows:
- 1.2 g of protein;
- 0.7 g of fat;
- 11.9 g of carbohydrates;
- 1-2% of organic acids (citric, malic, tartaric, etc.);
- 29 mg of phosphorus and 25 mg of calcium;
- 22 mg of magnesium and 151 mg of potassium;
- 0.7 mg of iron and 0.4 mg of zinc;
- 0.7 mg of manganese and 0.1 mg of copper.
The vitamin composition of 100 g of fruits is quite diverse and includes (in% of the daily norm):
- 44% Vitamin C;
- 10% vitamin K;
- 5% folic acid;
- 4% vitamin E;
- 3% of vitamins B6, B3 and B5;
- 2% of vitamins B1 and B2;
- 1% Vitamin A.
Did you know? The flower of the plant is lowered down, so bees can collect honey in the fine summer rain.
The benefits and uses of raspberries in traditional medicine
Traditional medicine makes extensive use of fresh, dried and harvested berries for the future for the treatment of many diseases.
- Raspberry has the following effects on the human body:
Its features are in the use of the product by men, women and children.
In the treatment of colds
With viral and colds, the diaphoretic property of the plant plays an important role. The fruits contain natural salicylates, the effect of which is based on the action of aspirin. To prevent excessive sweating from leading to dehydration, it is necessary to provide the patient with a sufficient amount of fluid.
Use such funds based on raspberries:
- dried berry infusionfor which 2 tbsp. l raw materials are poured 1 tbsp. boiling water and insist 20 minutes. Then the filtered drink is drunk hot 2-3 times a day;
- raspberries with milk and honey, for which fresh or grated berries are suitable, 1 tbsp. which should be mixed with the same amount of honey and butter. Then you need to pour 30 g of vodka and 1 tbsp. warmed milk. Such a therapeutic drink is drunk at night, after which the patient will sweat heavily;
- dried raspberries can be mixed with limeand then brew with boiling water (1 tbsp. mixture to 1 tbsp. water) and insist 20 minutes. After straining, the medicine is drunk hot 3-4 times a day, 0.5 cup each.
Important! Sweatshops should not be drunk before going out; you should definitely go to bed.
For weight loss
Malic acid contained in raspberries is an important component of metabolic processes in the body and accelerates fat burning. A high percentage of fiber will ensure uninterrupted bowel function, and a diuretic and diaphoretic effect has a cleansing effect. For weight loss, berries are consumed fresh or low-calorie desserts are prepared with low-fat dairy products without sugar.
Anti-swelling action of raspberries
Due to the pronounced diuretic effect, the plant has an anti-edematous effect. You can use it if the edema is not the result of serious illness. In case of persistent problems, you should definitely consult a doctor and use raspberries only as an adjuvant.
For the cardiovascular system
Anthocyanins, which give berries a red color, strengthen the muscle tissue of the heart, blood vessels and capillaries, preventing the development of atherosclerosis. Folic acid and vitamin C normalize blood pressure and lower cholesterol.Potassium salts help reduce arrhythmias and eliminate nervous tension.
For the digestive tract
Fiber fiber improves intestinal motility and prevents the occurrence of constipation, increases the production of digestive juices. Organic acids effectively reduce the number of pathogenic bacteria, thereby preventing the development of intestinal infections.
For the nervous system
The presence of copper allows the use of berries in stressful situations and nervous excitement, significant loads in school or work.
By accelerating the metabolism and effectively removing the liquid, raspberries relieve the hangover syndrome and cleanse the body of toxins. You can use fresh berries or juice, as well as tea from dry leaves.
The use of raspberries by women
Raspberry is widely used in cosmetology, and also used in gynecology and obstetrics.
For skin cleansing
The structure of the berry with small bones makes it possible to produce means from it for exfoliating obsolete cells and in the fight against cellulite. Masks with raspberries and yogurt - a popular tool for smoothing wrinkles. In addition, the use of juice gives the skin elasticity, while hair becomes shiny and lush.
Tea made from fresh or dried raspberries facilitates painful menstruation and normalizes their schedule, as well as relieves the often associated symptoms (nausea, swelling, stress). In eastern medicine, a plant is considered effective in treating infertility. During pregnancy, moderate consumption of fruits helps with toxicosis.
Important! A high salicylic acid content can cause unwanted uterine contractions, so use raspberries should be discussed with your doctor.
The use of raspberries by men
Plant components can enhance sexual function, increasing testosterone production and improving sperm quality. For the treatment of infertility, fresh berries, teas and infusions are used. The product affects the prostate gland, reducing its size.
The use of raspberries for children: features
For children's health, the plant’s anti-inflammatory and strengthening heart and blood vessels, as well as its use in anemia, will be especially important. Raspberry drinks will also soothe an excitable baby, and fresh berries are good for teenagers who are prone to depression.
The product is introduced into the children's diet, starting from the first year. For the first time they give one berry to eat and during the day they monitor the condition of the baby. The daily dose is increased gradually. If signs of an allergy appear, you can repeat the procedure only after a few months.
Contraindications and possible negative consequences
- Contraindications for the use of the product are the following diseases:
- aggravation of gastritis and high acidity;
- peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum;
- urolithiasis and kidney disease.
If the doctor has prescribed drugs to thin the blood, the plant should also be excluded from the diet, as it contributes to its thickening. The berry can cause an individual allergic reaction in both children and adults.
Did you know? The Latin name of the plant Rubus idaeus is associated with the name of the daughter of the Cretan king Ida, who scratched her hands on a bush, and her blood painted the forest berries red.
How to choose the right berry: types of raspberries
High-quality raspberries should be dry and whole, have an attractive characteristic smell and bright color. It is stored for only 1-2 days in the refrigerator, and it should be washed only immediately before use.
On sale you can find varieties of different colors: red, yellow and almost black. Blacks have an increased amount of antioxidants, while yellow ones contain fewer coloring pigments and are less likely to cause allergies. Yellow varieties also contain more folic acid, which is good for pregnant women.
Raspberries are useful for the prevention and treatment of many diseases in the human body. Use the medicinal parts of the plant in compliance with the above precautions.