Raspberry is an aggregate fruit and member of the rose family. It is commonly grown in the Northern Hemisphere and closely related to other brambles, like blackberries. While there are many different types of raspberries, including black, purple and yellow, the red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is the most common of all.
Raspberries have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and offer a plethora of health benefits.
While fresh raspberries are deliciously sweet, they don’t have a particularly long shelf-life, hence why there’s a growing demand for freeze-dried raspberry fruit powder. Our Raspberry powder offers all of the amazing health benefits of fresh raspberries but with added convenience, versatility and a much longer shelf-life!
Raspberries are high in vitamins C, K and E, as well as magnesium, folate, copper, potassium and Omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, they contain an array of powerful antioxidants including Quercetin, Ellagic acid and Anthocyanins. Each of which work to neutralise free radicals in the body, support the immune system, fight off chronic diseases like cancer and slow the effects of ageing.
Raspberries are also a rich source of fibre, helping to maintain blood sugar levels in the body and support healthy digestion.
Ellagic Acid - A phytonutrient with powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have found it helps to fight cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and preventing the growth of new cells.
Quercetin - A plant flavonol that helps to support the immune system and prevent many cancers. Along with catechins (also found in raspberries) it reduces the release of histamine, helping to manage certain allergies.
Anthocyanins - A flavonoid known to improve vision, control diabetes, improve circulation and fight cancer. It also reduces the effects of ageing, helping to maintain good memory and motor skills.
Raspberries have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries. In Hellenistic times, the berry was linked to fertility and young children. The story goes that Ida, nursemaid to the infant Zeus, pricked her finger while picking snow-white berries and stained them red for all eternity.
Another story suggests raspberries got their name when the Olympian Gods were foraging berries on Mount Ida. The Latin name for raspberry ‘Rubus Idaeus’ means ‘bramble bush of Ida.’
In the Middle Ages, raspberry was used as a tonic for women’s reproductive health. Similarly, it was used by the first nation tribes of Northern America to soothe labour pains, ease contractions and reduce nausea in pregnant women. Today, pregnant women still commonly drink raspberry leaf tea to induce, and prepare the body for, labour.
In Chinese herbal medicine, raspberries have long been used to strengthen the kidneys and as a treatment for incontinence.
Raspberries contain several antioxidants including Vitamin C, Ellagic Acid and Quercetin. A review of animal studies suggests that raspberries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Studies show that raspberries may help to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance. Additionally, the tannins in raspberries can reduce the number of carbs absorbed from a meal, lessening their impact on blood sugar.
There is evidence to suggest the high levels of antioxidants in raspberries can help to protect against cancer. Test tube studies have found red raspberry extract blocks the growth of and destroys colon, prostate, breast and mouth cancer cells.
Raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the symptoms of Arthritis. They are also believed to block COX-2 - an enzyme responsible for causing inflammation and pain.
Rich in antioxidants, raspberries can help reduce signs of ageing by fighting free radicals in the body. The high vitamin C content supports healthy skin and may increase collagen production, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. An 8-week rat study found ageing rats fed a diet with 1-2% raspberries showed improved motor abilities, including balance and strength.
Raspberries contain an antioxidant called Zeaxanthin, which helps to filter out harmful blue light rays. This suggests raspberries may play a role in protecting the eyes from age-related macular degeneration and vision problems in older people.
Our Raspberry powder is absolutely delicious and naturally sweet. Create a tea, by mixing 1-2tsp of raspberry powder in water. Alternatively use it to create smoothies, milkshakes, jelly, flavoured yoghurts and in baking recipes. Let your imagination run wild!
Our wild-harvested Raspberry Fruit Powder is 100% natural and authentic. We take the whole fruits and mill them into a finely ground powder, before freeze-drying to lock in all of the goodness. Enjoy our raspberry powder as part of a healthy, balanced diet to benefit from the wonderful antioxidants inside.
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