seasonal food of the month - RASPBERRIES

With their rich colour and sweet taste, raspberries are a powerful antioxidant and are one of the most consumed berries in the world! Humans have been gathering and eating wild raspberries for thousands of years.

From the popular red and black varieties to purple, yellow, or golden, each colour has its own unique mixture of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Focusing on red raspberries, some of their health benefits include:

Brain-boosting: studies have shown a positive correlation between the intake of flavonoids in berries and memory improvement. As well as this they may also decrease the decline in cognitive ability related to ageing.

Cancer preventing: as they contain powerful antioxidants that work against free radicals this can help to inhibit tumour growth and decrease inflammation within the body. Also present are polyphenols which help to ward off or slow down many different types of cancer, including lung, mouth, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate, and colon.
Aiding digestion and general health: the fibre and water content in raspberries help to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Some studies have shown that dietary fibre could play a part in regulating the immune system and inflammation; which as a result decreases the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Increased fibre intake is also associated with a significantly lower risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and certain gastrointestinal diseases and can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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