Blackberries – The Most Miraculous Plant In The World!
Blackberries (Latin name: Rubus fruticosus) are a bushy plant that grows along balustrades, edges of forests and roads. The bush can grow up to 3 meters in height.
Blackberries are rich in numerous essential nutrients – they contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B3, C, E, K, folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. They also contain amino acids, fiber and antioxidants, which can protect your body in many ways.
The phenolic acid and flavonoid content of blackberries can reverse oxidative damage, but the anthocyanins in this fruit have the most positive effects on our health. 14 studies with 694 subjects have shown that these compounds can preserve our health.
Blackberries are great for your eyes too. A study conducted on 50 subjects has shown that consuming anthocyanin and vitamin E extract three times a day has stopped the progress of eye disease in 97% of the subjects. Another study which examined patients with macular degeneration, showed that consuming the same extract has resulted in drastic eyesight improvement. Blackberry extract can help in diabetic retinopathy as well. Diabetes causes many problems in the body, but antioxidants have been proven to stop further organ damage.
The anthocyanins in blackberries can strengthen your blood vessels and prevent varicose veins, which was proven in a study that included 47 patients suffering from the condition. Blackberries, like most berries, are a natural preventative agent against lung and intestinal cancer. This is due to their antioxidant and micronutrient content which can prevent the growth of malignant cells. Many studies have shown that they anthocyanins, ellagic acid and cyanidin-3-glucoside can shrink tumors and prevent metastasis.
Blackberries for cardiovascular health
Blackberries are rich in flavonols, miraculous compounds which are great for your cardiovascular health. The magnesium and fiber content of the berries prevent blockages in the arteries and stimulates proper blood flow which results in reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis. Magnesium also regulates the blood pressure, prevents arrhythmia and irregular heartbeat.
The cyanidin-3-glucoside content can protect from endothelial dysfunction, one of the earliest precursors of atherosclerosis. This compound can fight free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body.
Blackberries for memory
Regular consumption of blackberries can improve your cognitive abilities thanks to their polyphenol content, which slows down the weakening of motoric and cognitive abilities and improves the memory and neural functions.
Blackberries for pregnancy
Blackberries are recommended for pregnant women due to their high folic acid content, which is vital for prevention of birth defects. The vitamin C and antioxidants will strengthen the mother’s immune system, while the minerals will strengthen her bones.
Besides the fruit, the leaves of the plant have healing properties as well. Blackberry leaves contain tannin, a natural astringent that can help you in cases of diarrhea or dysentery. It is so effective that the German Commission E has approved it as a diarrhea cure. It can also be of help when treating bleeding wounds and hemorrhoids.
Blackberry leaves tea is recommended for pregnant women during the last month of pregnancy in order to ease the delivery process. Tea compresses can be used to treat puffiness in the face and eyes. To prepare the tea, pour boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried blackberry leaves and leave it to sit for 15 minutes. Strain and drink the tea afterwards – you can also gargle it to relieve sore throat and inflammation in the respiratory tract.
The leaves of the berry are picked in early spring and then dried. The ripe blackberries are picked in August and September, while the root is picked in February and March.
Regular consumption of blackberries can have a positive effect on your health. You can consume them in the form of juice, tea, jam, ice cream, wine, liqueur, etc. Whatever option you pick, you won’t make a mistake.
The berries can be frozen, dried, boiled and baked. However, eating them raw has the most benefits due to the highest content of nutrients in this form. Blackberry wine can help weak children recover from diseases, and it is delicious and easily prepared too: put 2 kg. of ripe blackberries and half a kg. of brown sugar in a bigger glass jar, then mix everything well and leave the jar on a sunny and warm place for 20 days. Mix it well every couple of days.
In about 20 days, strain the wine, pour it into bottles and close it tightly with a cork.
Blackberry blood pressure remedy
This remedy works great against low blood pressure and is also delicious. Put two tablespoons of chopped rosemary leaves in a bottle with blackberry wine, then close it and leave it for 10 days. Afterwards, strain the wine and drink 2 dl. of it after meals.
Blackberries can help you get rid of cigarettes for good – just chew some young blackberry buds and you will be disgusted by cigarettes soon!