This full moon is the harvest moon, and few of us are likely to be harvesting barley, but many of us will probably be enjoying our own home grown raspberries. So, lets look at what raspberries can do for you.
Cancer cells are greedy and proliferate at a great rate, but they are also immortal. Raspberries are rich in certain plant nutrients like ellagitannins which send signals that encourage the cancer cells to enter into a more natural cycle of programmed cell death (apoptosis). Ellagic acid has anti-cancer effects against colon, oesophageal, liver, lung, tongue, and skin cancers.
Organic raspberries are also naturally high in anthocyanins, which protect our circulatory system – thus helping to prevent cardiac disease and also dementia.
By inhibiting the production of inflammatory COX-I and COX-II enzymes, raspberries help to reduce the pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions. Being highly anti-oxidant, they mop up the free-radicals which promote inflammation and cancer.
And…da dah!!! Red raspberry ketones are used in Japan as a weight loss supplement. The metabolism in our fat cells can be sped up by ketones called rheosmin which is found in raspberries.
Try a bowl of freshly picked raspberries which a "dressing" of dark chocolate sauce. Melt 50% very dark chocolate with 50% coconut oil. Pour over chilled raspberries and enjoy safe in the knowledge that you are feeding your body super-foods.