Chalk Up Another Win for Berries | Black Raspberry

black raspberry health benefitsBerries of all kinds should be part of a healthy lifestyle to stop prediabetes and help you achieve your best health from a good metabolism.

Like berries in general, black raspberry has been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. In this black raspberry study researchers looked at the short-term effects of black raspberry on cholesterol, inflammation and blood circulation in 77 patients with prediabetes-metabolic syndrome over a 3 month time period.

People eating black raspberry had significantly greater decreases in:

  • total cholesterol level
  • total cholesterol/HDL ratio

And:

  • better blood circulation measured in a blood vessel in their arms.

And:

  • decreases in blood markers of inflammation.

Make berries of all kinds a regular part of your diet to support a healthy metabolism with good blood circulation. Berries should be a part of everyone’s diet given their rich nutrient value. Berries are full of many great nutrients including flavonoids and other “phenol compounds.” The phenolic compounds including flavonoids, tannins, and phenolic acids appear to be the most bioactive substances in berries and have received research interest because of their beneficial effects in food and health. Their main health benefit appears to be in their ability to act as powerful antioxidants.

However, not all berries are the same. The antioxidant effect of berries strongly depends on the various contents of the different polyphenol compounds found in different berries. Different amounts of polyphenol compounds, including anthocyanins, ellagitannins, and proanthocyanidins, produce different antioxidant activity. I have previously posted about compounds called flavonoids from blueberries and strawberries which may reduce blood pressure and aid in the prevention of hypertension as well as the blood circulation benefits from compounds found in cranberries and other berries known as proanthcyanidins.

Tannin-containing berries tend to show antimicrobial properties against “bad” bacteria. Cranberries and blueberries have been commonly investigated for potential health benefits, but other berries, such as the black raspberry mentioned in the study cited above, black currants, cloudberries, lingonberries, and red raspberries also show promising biologic activity that may have a part in promoting human health. (1)

The complete explanation as to why berries appear so beneficial to human health needs continued research and study, but whether you are on a mission to stop prediabetes, or not, include a dose of berries as regularly as you can for your best health.

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Go to the Nutrientology Store for OPC 3 – a great berry supplement including one with the great plant phenol known as proanthocyanidin. As a matter of fact “OPC” stands for “OligoProanthoCyanidin.”

 

Reference: (1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17492800

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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