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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 January 3, 2020

            The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

            The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

            Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

            The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

            1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

            Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

             I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

            To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

            And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

             2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

            Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

            3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

            Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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            4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

            The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

            5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

            Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

            6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

            Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

            7. Positive people smile a lot!

            When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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            8. People who are positive are great communicators.

            They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

            9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

            One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

            10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

            Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

            How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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            I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

            Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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