Health benefits of eating blackberries

Blackberries grow on thorny bushes or trailing vines and the dark colour indicates that they are high in antioxidants. So, regular consumption of blackberries have a positive impact on one’s health. Studies indicate that the vitamin content in blackberries can help reduce one’s risk of contracting heart disease and age-related decline in motor and cognitive function. Blackberries are also low in calories, high in fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals, making them the perfect fruit for those who are on a weight-loss programme.

Eating blackberries also helps kill oral bacteria as they contain the compounds gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid, which have antibacterial properties. So, blackberries can be used to treat periodontal infections.

Since blackberries contain more than 85 per cent water and a large amount of fibre, they are good for detoxifying the body and also promote healthy skin, by maintaining the elasticity of skin. Blackberries are high in vitamin C, which contributes to healthy, strong hair.

Some research shows that the leaves and bark of the plant can be used to treat bleeding gums. The leaves can also be used to treat diarrhoea.

Blackberries are high in potassium, which is known to reduce insulin, thereby helping to control diabetes. They also contain calcium, which is essential for building healthy bones and teeth.

Blackberries also contain manganese, copper, and magnesium, which are essential for producing red and white blood cells.

REVOFIT TAKE: It is best to consume blackberries at room temperature. Like most berries, blackberries contain salicylic acid, which causes swelling and redness of mouth, lips and tongue, eczema, hives, skin rash, headache, runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing and gastrointestinal disturbances in some individuals. So, if you are allergic to berries, it is best to check with your doctor before you add these sweet, juicy fruits to your diet.

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