The blackberry is one of the most beneficial red fruits for the body. In fact, its benefits are not only in the fruit, but also in the leaves. And in Brazil, we can enjoy three types of fruits: red fruits, black fruits and white fruits. All of them are rich in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
In addition, the blackberry also has a high antioxidant power and a low caloric value. Therefore, it can fight infectious diseases, in addition, it is still an excellent option to add to the diet.
“It acts by preventing the formation of free radicals, preventing cell aging, in addition to being excellent for cardiovascular health due to the presence of phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins and carotenoids,” revealed Danielle Pema, member of the nutritionist at the Brazilian Institute of Functional Nutrition (IBNF ).
Other Benefits of BlackBerry
The specialist says that the fruit is also a rich source of vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system and prevents the onset of new diseases.
In addition, there are some studies that indicate that blackberry leaf tea is beneficial for relieving menopausal symptoms, precisely because of its concentration of flavonoids. The specialist points out that “the amount of consumption varies for each patient, but it is a fruit with a low caloric density and a low glycemic index as well.”
Are There any Contraindications?
Danielle explains that the only contraindications regarding the consumption of this fruit are for pregnant women, especially in the third trimester. This is because, like any other food rich in phenolic compounds, there is a risk of harming the formation of blood vessels in the baby’s heart.
The Best Way to Consume BlackBerry
Blackberry juice is very tasty and refreshing. However, it is not the best way to eat fruit. Nutritionist Dr. Marcella Garcez, Director and Professor of the Brazilian Association of Dietetics (ABRAN).
According to the doctor, a glass of fruit juice, even if it is 100% pure, contains much more sugar than a whole piece or a serving of fruit. Whole fruit is also more filling.
“Prioritize whole fruit over juice. Enjoy food: eat carefully to fully enjoy aroma, texture and flavor,” she concludes.