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BLACK HELPER

BLACK HELPER

26 Jan
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Native to temperate areas of Europe Blackberry is a sprawling, prickly shrub, growing to twelve feet having palm-shaped leaves with three to five lobes, white to pale pink flowers, and clusters of large, black berries that contain numerous edible seeds.

Key actions: astringent, antidiarrheal.

Leaves contain tannins, flavonoids, fruit acids. Fruit contain anthocyanins, pectin, fruit acids, vitamin C. Roots are rich in saponins and tannins.

Leaves, berries and roots are used as a medicinal parts.

Uses:

  • relieve diarrhea and hemorrhoids
  • as a gargle to treat sore throats, inflamed gums and mouth ulcers
  • treating wounds (cuts and scrapes)
  • control the activity of damaging free radical chemicals within the body
  • improving vision
  • reducing hypertension
  • enhancing liver function
  • increasing memory and mental acuity
  • hydrates skin
  • protect against neurological diseases
  • heart disease
  • help minimize PMS symptoms
  • pregnancy (contributes to the optimum growth of the cells and tissues and helps reduce the risk of birth defects in babies)
  • weight loss (one cup of raw blackberries has only 62 calories, 1 gram of fat and only 14 carbs)
  • Some studies show that blackberries may be among the most potent cancer-fighting fruits.

Remember that blackberries are best consumed in their natural state in order to obtain their benefits. Freezing them also preserves the nutrients, even though the texture may change.

Consume blackberries in moderation because they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts. Extra caution is advised regarding the intake of blackberry leaf tea or decoction. Experts generally recommend the usage of milk in the preparation of blackberry leaf tea to neutralize the effect of tannins (can cause nausea and vomiting). Blackberry leaf may result in allergic reactions. Avoid if suffering from chronic gastrointestinal problems such as colitis.

Benefits From Blackberry Juice

Drinking freshly made blackberry juice is one way of getting most of blackberries' health benefits in liquid form:

Potassium Content

You need potassium to build muscle and protein and to maintain overall healthy growth.

Rich in Folate

It provides support to your immune system, helps your body tolerate stress and aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates for energy. Folate is also essential for brain function, maintaining mental and emotional well-being.

A Good Source of Vitamin C

Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, which keeps your skin, blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and ligaments healthy.

Rich in Antioxidants

Blackberries contain large quantities of natural antioxidant which may help to prevent heart disease, alleviating symptoms of diabetes, and to possess anti-inflammatory properties.

You need

2 l fresh blackberries

1/2 cup water

Bring blackberries and water to a boil in a 3-l saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until blackberries are soft.

Mash blackberries with a potato masher or fork

Pour through a filter into a bowl and squeeze out the juice.

Discard the pulp and seeds.

Stay healthy with the gifts of nature!

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