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6 Benefits of Blackberries

6 Benefits of Blackberries

Blackberries are bountiful this year and like all berries they are full of antioxidants.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they have other health benefits

1. Protect the body – blackberries are part of the rubus family and have antioxidant properties. The berries contain vitamin C, niacin, magnesium plus vitamin A and K.

2. Benefit the blood – vitamin K helps regulate blood clotting and magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure

3.  Nourish the kidneys – in traditional Chinese medicine each organ system has an associated colour, which roughly corresponds to the seasons.  For the kidney system the colour is black, therefore foods black in colour are found to nourish the kidneys.  Examples are black sesame seeds, black beans, black soybean

4.  Nourish the lungs – fruits and veggies that ripen at the end of a season usually aid the body in transitioning to the following season.  Blackberries usually ripen towards the end of summer.  Taking a closer look at a blackberry it resembles the alveoli of the lungs.  Often in Chinese medicine food that resembles a particular body part or organ is often beneficial for that particular organ.

5. Contains tannins –  tannins are antimicrobial and may produce other physiological effects, such as blood clotting, decreasing blood pressure and serum lipid level.

Recipe for cherry-blackberry popsicles

1 cup blackberries

1 cup cherries

1 tbsp black chia seeds

1/2 cup of coconut milk

Blend until smooth, pour into popsicle molds.  Freeze overnight, pop out of molds and roll in shredded coconut or hemp seeds.

 

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The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed health care professional before adding any therapy, exercise, herb or supplement to your diet or health regime.

 

Resources:

Human Anatomy – Tortora

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4127818/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9759559

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