Powerfood Chronicles #7: Blackberries

…”They are red when they are green”, the saying goes. Let’s have a look at this serious health powerhouse in season!

If you are new in the realms of BEAUTYCALYPSE, you might have missed my post from last year – that’s just as valid today, I just checked – about the fantastic health benefits of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
Those tiny treasures are low in sugar while antioxidant super-charged, what could you ask for more.

Blackberries add up to the natural diversity of most European countries, its fruits and leaves providing delectable food for insects and mammals alike, whereas some other countries consider this solid shrub an invasive weed. But let’s look at what the delicious sweet berries hold for us, shall we?

What Blackberries Do Bring to The Table

blackberriesInsane amounts of Vitamin C, both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, Vitamin K, and Manganese, a mineral much needed for a properly functioning metabolism.
One cup of blackberries has 1/2 of our recommended daily intake of Vitamin C which equals that of one orange.
Furthermore:
Say “hi” to such amazing phytochemicals as polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, salicylic acid, and ellagic acid.
Make also sure to chew properly because the seeds are little powerhouses in themselves:
Blackberry seeds contain an oil rich in omega-3 and -6 fats, dietary fibre, protein, carotenoids, and ellagitannins.

But here’s still more!
Blackberry leaves make for a mildly sweet-tasting, refreshing and adstringent beverage, a drink that relieves a sore throat, heals oral and gum inflammations, and helps cure a gippy tummy– among other great uses.

What Blackberries Can’t Do

There is no proof as of yet that blackberries can support a diabetes treatment or help fight anti-aging.

Some sources say that blackberries contain “a notable amount of B-vitamins“: well, blackberries do contain tiny amounts of the Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 but they are not exactly a Vitamin B powerhouse.
But as I dug deeper, I found the mention of a certain “Vitamin B17”, that turned out to be a highly speculative ingredient popular among the alternative crowd. Now this ingredient isn’t technically a vitamin but a cyanogenic glycoside – a natural poison – that the stone fruits from the Rosaceae family happen to contain: apricot stones, or plum stones. Blackberries contain traces that we can forget about.
But now you and I, we’re smarter than five minutes ago, right?

[Sources, among others: Uni KielPharmazeuthische Zeitung]

Enjoying Blackberries

blackberries-with-cherries-blueberries-for-porridgeWhile I’m someone who can just grab a handful of blackberries and nibble, you might want to add blackberries to your porridge or your smoothie in the morning, or blend them to create a base for a delicious, fruity salad dressing (simply add a lot of equally super-healthy black pepper and some great virgin oil, and you’re ready to go) or put berries on top of a homemade frozen yoghurt or its vegan counterpart.

11 responses to “Powerfood Chronicles #7: Blackberries

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    • Me too! Frozen berries are great for winter porridge, for cupcakes, for sauces, and in summer, for cooling drinks and for impromptu ice making! 🙂

    • I have disliked them as a child – they tasted too sweet for me, can you believe? 😉 These days I’m more like you, take my money, give me my blackberries! NOMZ!

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    • Oh, lovely. I must say, that I’ve been “spicing up” my BBQ dips with Blyss cacao powder, and it gives them such a savoury twist, it drives meat eaters CRAZY. One guy told me, there must be beef broth in the dip, otherwise why should it taste so good! Haha!

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