Much like their raspberry cousins, Blackberries hold some surprising health benefits that we should all be adding to our monthly routine.
Blackberries are most noted for their high concentration of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a cancer-fighting antioxidant that can prevent the development of lung, esophageal, and colon cancer. (Dr. Health Benefits). It also has high amounts of vitamins C, E, and A, as well as folic acid. These additional ingredients help the ellagic acid in its fight against the cancer cells.
( I want to note here that, while Blackberry tea may be helpful, it should not be substituted for any cancer treatment plan. As always, consult with your doctor before trying something new)
Blackberries are also:
- High in flavonols that protect the heart and keep it healthy
- A good source of fiber that can help digestive issues
- Full of magnesium and calcium that strengthens the bones
- Low in sugar which can help with weight management
- Helpful in the creation of Lutein, which heals and protects the eyes
- Full of vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.
These are just a few of the incredible benefits of Blackberries, and a nice cup of Blackberry Tea in the evenings may just be what the doctor ordered!
Here is a great recipe from MyRecipes.com for Blackberry Sweet Tea. This drink is perfect for the end of Summer and will get you started on your tea adventure in style. Enjoy!
1. Combine blackberries and sugar in a large container, and crush with a wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda.
2. Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
3. Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 1 hour. Garnish, if desired.”
The photos came from Organic Facts and MyRecipes.com