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The Amazing Benefits of Raspberries + 5 Great Recipes

The Amazing Benefits of Raspberries + 5 Great Recipes

Raspberries are such a delicious addition to any meal that is it easy sometimes to forget they are actually good for you! But the truth is that the benefits of raspberries are far-reaching and can help you prevent or control many serious conditions. Read on to find out just what raspberries can do for you.

Raspberries can Slow the Aging Process

Raspberries – like blueberries and acai berries – are a rich source of antioxidant compounds like phenols and anthocyanins, the substance that gives them their deep, rich color. These antioxidants are an important part of any healthy diet because they reduce the free radical damage to cells that speeds up the aging process and can contribute to chronic disease. The more antioxidants you can get into your diet, the overall better your health will be.

Raspberries Can Help Strengthen Your Immune System

Whether you realize it or not, your body is under attack every day from a variety of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. This can lead to minor but irritating illnesses like colds, flu or other respiratory infections. However, a diet which includes foods like raspberries can strengthen your immune system and make these minor infections less likely.

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Raspberries can Help You Burn Fat

One of the most recent discoveries about raspberries that has scientists so excited is the fact that rheosmin, a compound found in this little fruits, might make it easier for the body to burn fat. It does this by increasing the activity of enzymes which, in turn, increase the oxygen use and heat production of fat cells, making them easier to burn. It is also believed that rheosmin might be able to reduce the body’s ability to digest and absorb fat that it gets from foods. More research is underway.

Raspberries can Help Your Digestion

Convenience food is – well – convenient and in this busy society, this makes it incredibly popular. Unfortunately, most processed foods are not only high in simple carbohydrates and saturated fat, they are also low in fiber and this can lead to slowed digested, bloating, gas and constipation, among other problems. Fiber can help, however, to increase the efficiency of your digestion and keep your bowels regular. And a single cup of raspberries will give you around 32% of the fiber you need for the day!

Raspberries Reduce Inflammation

You probably know that inflammation is the culprit for people who have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. What you may not realize is that a lot of other serious diseases – like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer – can be made worse or even partially caused by the inflammatory process. Again, your diet makes a big difference and eating raspberries is one of the best choices you can make: it is chuck-full of anti-inflammatory compounds like ellagic acid, which acts as a COX-2 inhibitor to block this inflammatory enzyme before it can do any damage.

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Raspberries can Help Prevent Cancer

In several animal studies involving a variety of cancer forms (breast, colon, esophagus and cervix), the active compounds in raspberries have found to be effective against this disease in a number of ways. It appears to be able to reduce the reproductive rate of cancer cells and also encourages cell death (called apotosis), while leaving healthy cells alone.

Raspberries Help Control Blood Sugar

Blood sugar control is the key to day-to-day management of diabetes – but it can also be incredibly challenging to keep these levels in a normal range. Raspberries make this challenge easier because they contain compounds which block certain enzymes that break down starch into sugars and release those sugars into the bloodstream. They are also low in fiber and low on the glycemic index, which also means that they allow for good blood sugar control.

Raspberries Can Prevent Bleeding Problems

Okay, blood clotting is probably not high on your list of health concerns! However, it is important that your blood does clot properly, especially if you are going in for surgery or have a minor cut, in order to prevent a problem with excessive bleeding. Raspberries can help because they are loaded with Vitamin K, which blood cells need to be able to form clots and stop bleeding from a wound or surgical incision.

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Raspberries are Easy to Use in a Variety of Fun and Flavorful Dishes!

If you are eager to try more raspberries in your diet, check out these delicious and simple recipes below!

1. Raspberry Smoothie

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    2. Raspberry Granola

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      3. Raspberry Sorbet

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        4. Raspberry Parfait

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          5. Raspberry Bundt Cake

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            So give one of these recipes a whirl today and start cashing in on the variety of health benefits that raspberries can bring.

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            Last Updated on May 15, 2019

            How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

            How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

            As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

            “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

            When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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            Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

            We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

            But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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            So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

            It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

            1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

            Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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            2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

            This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

            You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

            3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

            This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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            4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

            How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

            So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

            If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

            And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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