Health Benefits of Blackberries
Blackberries are not only bursting with juicy flavor, but they are also an abundant source of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omegas-3 and 6 fatty acids, and fiber.
BestNutrasBlackberries are a natural source of vitamin C, which helps keep cholesterol from oxidizing, works to improve blood pressure, and works as an antioxidant. The vitamin K in Blackberries also benefits heart health. Blackberries are teeming with beneficial polyphenols that act as antioxidants, and there is plenty of emerging evidence to support their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Quercetin, a polyphenol with antioxidant properties, has shown Quercetin to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and to reduce blood pressure in those with hypertension.
The most abundant mineral found in Blackberries is Manganese, and this essential nutrient is important for all of our mental functions and faculties, including memory support. Blackberries also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which may protect the brain against cognitive impairment, and protect against the possible risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Blackberries are teeming with beneficial polyphenols that act as antioxidants, which fight damaging free radicals that can cause inflammation and increase the risk of chronic disease. Some of these antioxidant polyphenols include Ellagic Acid, which has demonstrated promising research results for inhibiting the growth of tumors of the skin, esophagus, and lungs; Quercetin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and an antihistamine, which may inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, and lungs; and Anthocyanins, the phytochemicals responsible for the deep, purple color of blackberries, contains anti-cancer agents that may prohibit the progression of tumor cells and halting the growth of pre-malignant cells.
Not only do the antioxidant polyphenols and vitamins in Blackberries support over-all anti-inflammatory activity, but certain polyphenols contribute to skin-specific benefits as well. Ellagic acid has been a subject of study for its positive effect on skin wrinkles, prevention of collagen destruction, and inflammation caused by exposure to UVB, and the results are promising. Tannins present in Blackberries have astringent properties that may be helpful in maintaining the tightness of skin tissues.
Part of a Healthy and Balanced Diet
Blackberries contain naturally occurring plant fiber. Fiber helps bring a sense of fullness to the stomach, aids with digestion and does not get broken down by the body, meaning it does not raise blood sugar levels. Fiber is an important component to maintaining a healthy body composition. Cyanidin, a polyphenol found in red and purple fruits and berries, has been shown to have potential anti-obesity and anti-diabetes effects. Eating Blackberries can be a healthy part of your efforts to maintain an ideal body composition.
The impressive antioxidant and cardiovascular activity found in each of these plant-based phytonutrients are multiplied when consumed from real, whole food, and not broken down into one isolated substance. That means consuming whole food blackberries is the best way to get all of the heart-protecting, skin beautifying, brain-protecting, and antioxidant benefits provided by each individual vitamin, mineral, or polyphenol.
What is Blackberry Powder?
Fruit and vegetabla powder, our Blackberry Powder comes from sweet and juicy, whole blackberries that have been wild harvested and then freeze-dried at the peak of freshness. This process of freeze-drying maintains the unique, synergistic blend of blackberry nutrients. Wild harvested Blackberry Powder has a magnificent deep, purplish hue, and is water-soluble to easily dissolve into liquids.
Our Blackberry Powder has a shelf life of two years if stored away from sunlight and moisture, and kept below 86° (F) / 30° (C).
How to Use Blackberry Powder
Blackberry Powder can be used in a number of ways to bring you all of the berry's flavor, aroma, and nutritional benefits. From simple to elaborate, the possibilities are endless.
- Add to water and ice for a crisp, refreshing vitamin water
- Add to electrolyte water for an all-natural sports drink
- Add to hot or iced tea
- Add blackberry powder to baked goods such as cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and cookies
- Make a gluten-free treat by adding to whipped egg whites for a cranberry meringue
- Add it to your Superfood smoothie- no blackberry seeds to pick out of your teeth!
- Add to vegetable juices
- Stir into plain yogurt
- Stir into ice cream
- Make blackberry popsicles by adding lime juice and acai or pomegranate juice, and freezing in a mold
- Prepare a "simple syrup" by adding to an all-natural sweetener and water, use it to flavor mixed drinks, or make shaved ice creations
- Create a blackberry vinaigrette by adding to white wine vinegar, olive oil, and shallots; serve over an organic green salad with pecans.