I used to spend a lot of time in our woodlands picking blueberries, but this was before there were bear sightings in our area...now there are not just occasional sightings, but they have become regular visitors. So I hesitate to wander in the woods alone. But I always take what berries I can off of the close-by bushes that I pass when walking or looking around my yard.
The anthocyanins in Raspberries are very powerful antioxidants that have antimicrobial properties as well, including the ability to prevent overgrowth of certain bacteria and fungi in the body such as Candida. The biggest contribution to raspberries' antioxidant capacity is their ellagitannins, a family of compounds almost exclusive to the raspberry, which are reported to have anti-cancer activity.
In addition to their abundant phytonutrient and antioxidant content, raspberries are a rich source of manganese and vitamin C that help protect the body's tissue from oxygen-related damage. They are also a good source of important nutrients such as riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and copper.
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