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Red Raspberries: Questions and Answers on Raspberry's Remarkable Health Benefits

February 18, 2016

Red Raspberries:  Questions and Answers on Raspberry's Remarkable Health Benefits

Yes, fresh red raspberries are scrumptious raw, or in a smoothie, yogurt, cereal, muffins and tarts, (actually an almost endless list goes here). They make some of the loveliest desserts, toppers and even savory sauces. (We've even included a few recipes below.) But, beyond the yummy, there are validated, top-shelf health benefits hidden in that simple, delightful, pop-n-tang.


Red raspberries contain a very potent blend of antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals. These all play unique and synergistic roles, which impact our health most when eaten whole. These stunning berries are very high on the ORAC chart. Though, they are not the highest on the chart, their powerful combination of healthful nutrients work a perfectly synchronized assault on dangerous free radicals of all kinds to boost our health in unexpected and even amazing ways. While research has proven that many fruits are packed with valuable antioxidants and other vital nutrients, it clearly shows that these wonder berries are among the world's best!


Red raspberries were clearly designed to draw us to them for their abundant healing properties. Just look at them: Their glorious, I'm-so-ALIVE ruby red, demands we take notice. Just taste them: their tingling sweet-tarty bite, delivers satisfying joy. Just feel them: their energetic boost stimulates you within minutes of consumption. Finally, just hear hear them: they've earned the right to say, "see, I told ya so!"

The Secret Life of the Crimson Wonder! Where does all that power come from?

Red raspberries are crammed full of many amazingly beneficial phytochemicals which eagerly race through your body "flipping on the light switches" as they go. Their ability to energize and aid with healing are legendary. Their beauty and taste give us something at which to marvel.

"I was especially perceptive to all things beautiful that morning—raspberries in blue china bowls were enough to make the heart sing." 

Author: Irene Hunt

Q: Can you say, ellagithins? How about, anthocyanins? kaempferol? A: Yes, good stuff!!

Red raspberries contain all of many astounding chemicals: ellagithins (which forms ellagic acid - read below why ellagic acid on it's own is not the answer), ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, catechins, kaempferol, salicylic acid and more.

Bursting with this combined knockout "muscle" makes red raspberry, (aka The Crimson Wonder), "the "guy" whom cancerous growths and dangerous cancer-causing toxins absolutely do nott want to meet in some dark "alleyway".

If you are reading this, then you are interested in your health and you already know that we are exposed to a barrage of disease causing agents every minute of every day. We are continually bombarded through our food, our environment (yes, even our air and water), our personal care /grooming items, our furniture and houses... and many other sources. With these deadly toxins surrounding us, we need to take action to prevent them from building up in our bodies.

Red "Slugger" Raspberry Pinch Hits - Knocks it outta da Park!

Glorious red raspberries actually get their gem-like ruby coloration from an antioxidant of the remarkable flavanoid class - anthocyanins.

If you're still wondering what all the flavonoid fuss is about, wonder no more!

Flavonoids (bioflavonoids) are another type of antioxidants abundantly found in red raspberries. They are largely responsible for the bright colors and medicinal properties of many plants. Bioflavonoids have been shown to positively influence immune function, including having far-reaching cancer fighting activity. Quercetin and catechins are well known flavonols which help reduce the release of histamine, which can be effective against certain types of allergies and inflammation.

"Laboratory studies have also shown the anticancer activity of quercetin against a wide range of cancer cell types, although human data is lacking. In vitro data indicate that quercetin has anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects. However, quercetin can also act as an anti-apoptotic agent. Studies in animal models have shown its ability to potentiate the antitumor effects of doxorubicin in liver cancer cells, while protecting normal liver cells. Quercetin also demonstrated neuroprotective and antidepressant effects, and exerts pro-oxidant effects by decreasing serum homocysteine levels."

Ellagithins, from a class of substances called tannins, are another powerful phytonutrient antioxidant . It is ellagic acid from ellagithin, which has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties.

Tests conducted at Hollings Cancer Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina reported that consuming ellagithins /ellagic acid may lead the way in cancer prevention since it actually inhibited the growth of cancer cells and prevented the growth of new cells in those predisposed to the disease. It does this by making cancer-causing chemicals inactive and inhibiting them from causing mutation. Ellagic acid also prevents carcinogens from binding to DNA, this being almost exclusive to the benefits of the ellathins in red raspberries.

Red Raspberry is potent and worthy of being taken every day, both for overall health renewal and serious health concerns.  Find your daily dose in AvivNaturals Immune Force.

In study after study, this plucky fruit has shown its ability to:
Improve vision, control diabetes, improve circulation, fight cancer, slow aging (especially in terms of memory and motor skills), reduce bacteria and fungal growth (for example, protecting your body from the dangerous overgrowth of candida albicans yeast - both, isolated and systemic - often seen in vaginal and bowel inflammation, which is known to contribute to many autoimmune diseases).

It's not just the berry!  Raspberry leaves are of significant importance in the medical field as well.

Raspberry leaves can be used as herbal teas for single women, which regulate menstrual cycles and decrease excessively heavy menstrual flows. For pregnant women, raspberry tea successfully relieves nausea, prevents hemorrhage, reduces pain and helps in childbirth. For lactating mothers, raspberry tea or eating the fruit will help to increase the production of breast milk. Red Raspberry Tea


Raspberries, as well as many other berries, including blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, freeze very well. This solves the highly perishable problem most of us face with berries. I don't wash my raspberries before freezing when I pick them fresh. I simple lay them out on cookie sheets (any flat pan that fits in your freezer works well) and freeze overnight. Then, pop them into freezer containers or bags for long-term storage. They stay fresh and nutritionally sound for about a year.


God's own creation - fresh off the vine red raspberries!

The joy of berries, fresh off the vine!

Or, how 'bout?  More fantastic ways to eat them everyday!

Just a bowl 'o berries - plain or with real cream, poured or whipped, or ice cream and chopped nuts.

Raspberries sprinkled over top, or cooked into grain cereals (oats, barley, millet, amaranth), drizzled with honey. Mix fresh or frozen raspberries into your "porridge" as it's cooking for added sweetness, fiber and nutrition. Top with whole cream for your healthy fat and finish with more berry-appeal and optional nuts.

Another option is to try the no-cook, overnight-soak oats.  So easy, to add your yogurt, cream, raw milk and leave on the counter overnight.... even better ferment your oats for a couple of days before using.

Start-Your-Day-Happy: Your favorite twangy yogurt topped with fresh or frozen rubies (bluebies, too)!  Like it sweeter?  Add some honey - or whatever works for you.  How about a lively twist of lemon?

They're your taste buds -- delight them!

Salad toss with berries, and other favs. Splash with a dash of balsamic, or apple cider vinegar, for refreshing zip.

Frozen or dried raspberries for a quick snack. Straight out of the freezer, yum! Great by the handful, or drop them into drinks and foods all year. (To freeze, spread fresh raspberries - any berry - on trays and place in freezer until solid. Berries keep well in freezer containers / bags for about a year.)


RED RASPBERRY RECIPES - aka Raspberrliousness

Raspberry Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Add frozen berries, cubes of frozen mango, crushed pineapple with your choice of milk, greek yogurt, cream, whey, ice cream, ice cubes or liquid and blend.

Raspberry Banana
This smoothie has less fruit sugars. Blend frozen berries and banana with milk, yogurt or any liquid.


Red Raspberry Compote looks and taste so lovely on both sweet and savory dishes. Here, it is served with warm beignets (fritter, donuts).



1 1/2 cups ripe raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar or extra fine sugar
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions: In a pan, combine the raspberries, the sugar and the lemon juice. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and then quickly reduce heat to low, and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring frequently, until the sugar is fully dissolved, and the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency. This will take about 5 - 7 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer to a bowl.  Serve warm or cool. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Yield: 1 cup  (Optional - secret weapon of many famous chefs / bakers - 1/4 to 1/2 tsp kirsch)


Savory Chicken in Raspberry Cream Sauce

1 medium large onion
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 T butter
3 T raspberry vinegar
1⁄4 cup tomato sauce
1⁄2 cup chicken broth
1⁄3 cup heavy cream
2 T raspberry jam

Simple and so TASTY! Add this to your arsenal of go-to chicken recipes.

Chcken Meal

    Sautee onion in butter until it begins to caramelize and turns brown.
    Add chicken breast and cook through, turning frequently.
    Add raspberry vinegar and reduce liquid by 1/3.
    Add chicken broth, tomato sauce and cream boiling for 5 minutes.
    Add raspberry jam to sauce being careful not to overdo it.


RED Raspberry Popsicles

2 (6 ounce) containers fresh raspberries
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup water

1. In a food processor, puree all ingredients until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl; strain- pressing on the solids to allow the liquid to come through into the bowl. Pour the liquid puree into a pitcher or a large measuring cup with a pouring spout (throw out the seeds that get stuck in the strainer). Pour the raspberry liquid into popsicle molds. Cover and insert the sticks.
2. Freeze until firm. (3+ hours)
3. When you're ready to eat one, run the bottoms of the molds under warm water for 20 to 30 seconds to loosen the popsicle from the mold. Remove it from mold - ENJOY!

Red Raspbery Popsicles