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The Health Benefits of Raspberries

The Health Benefits of Raspberries

Raspberries, it turns out, are a hot new subject for botanists and biological researchers. This year’s Experimental Biology conference saw six studies presented on the fruit -- and not one elicited a questionable sound or smell. The reaction was quite the opposite.

Scientists from around the globe have discovered that this nubby, red fruit contains a wide variety of important nutrients that may help protect you from cardiovascular disease and bone loss and keep your blood sugar levels healthy and liver function strong. But that’s not all. New data shows raspberries also reduce your risk for a roster of metabolically-based chronic conditions, such as overweight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Seems raspberries may ease body-wide inflammation that is associated with such conditions.

So we suggest you start your day with a handful of these tasty treats sprinkled on your steel cut oatmeal or blended into a smoothie (see great recipes at sharecare.com). Toss them in a lunch salad dressed with a dash of raspberry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Mix into some nonfat Greek yogurt for an afternoon snack and consider them a great dessert choice drizzled with melted dark chocolate alongside a sliced banana or mixed with blueberries. Ready for raspberries yet?

Medically reviewed in September 2018.

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