Hi, I am Rohit Gala & my Article is on "Benefits of BLACK BERRIES":
Introduction to Black berries:
As with other Rubus species, blackberries have a unique structure that actually contributes to their nutritional value — it is an "aggregate fruit" composed of many individual drupelets, each like a small berry with one seed, surrounding a firm core called the receptacle.
These individual drupelets contribute extra skin, seeds and pectin with dietary fiber value to the nutritional content of blackberries, making it among the highest fiber content plants known.
Where do blackberries grow and what characteristics do the berries have?
Blackberries grow wild and are cultivated in temperate zones from the mid-south of America to near-Arctic latitudes of northern Canada and are cultivated mainly in northern US states, particularly Oregon and Washington State, and southern British Columbia. Blackberries are commercially grown on every temperate continent, including Africa and Asia.
Marion berries are the most widely cultivated blackberry specie in the world, especially favored as a popular fruit crop in many countries of Europe. Russia, Germany and Poland are major producers of blackberries.
The state of Oregon harvests some 30 Crore rupees worth of blackberries each year, whereas the worldwide production is close to 1000 Crore Rupees
About Black Berries:
Blackberry is a delicious fruit that finds a reference even in the bible, taking back its origin to the ancient times. A soft and juicy fruit, it grows on thorny bushes or trailing vines, in the form of a cluster of tiny druplets. Each of these druplets comprises of a seed, which stands surrounded by the fleshy part. Blackberries can be consumed in various forms - fresh, frozen and canned. Apart from that, they are commonly made into jams, juices, syrups, desserts and even wine. Blackberries bestow a number of health and nutritional benefits on their consumers.
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Blackberries:
•Being rich in antioxidants, blackberries help the body in fighting free radicals and thus, avoid various types of cancer, especially breast and cervical cancer.
•Yet, another benefit that arises from the antioxidants in blackberries comprises of protection against chronic disease.
•The high tannin content, and the resultant antiseptic and astringent properties, of blackberries makes them good for tightening tissues as well as treating minor bleeding.
•Consumption of blackberry has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from diarrhea and intestinal inflammation.
•German health authorities recommend blackberries for Mild infections, like sore throats and mouth irritations, can be treated with the help of blackberries.
•Blackberries have been used to alleviate hemorrhoids also, another property that arises from their high tannin content.
•Blackberries have been found to have anti-bacterial properties and can even help cleanse blood.
•Regular consumption of blackberries has been seen to delay the process of ageing.
•It is believed that the cyanidin-3-O-glucoside present in blackberry exerts protective benefits against endothelial dysfunction and vascular failure induced by peroxynitrite.
•Blackberries are known to contain salicylate, an analgesic or pain reliever, which might help lower the risk of heart diseases.
•A dilute tea made out of the leaves, roots, or stem bark of blackberries can be used to treat dysentery.
•Regular consumption of blackberries can help strengthen the blood vessels in your body.
•Blackberries serve as a great source of ellagic acid, which is known to have antiviral properties.
•The high fiber content in blackberries helps maintain digestive health, lose weight and lower cholesterol levels.
•The flavonoids present in blackberries promote vision health, by preventing macular degeneration.
•The powdered bark of blackberry brambles was used for toothache relief.
•A tea made from blackberry leaves is said to aid digestion or arrest vomiting.
•Pleurisy and lung inflammation, anti-thrombosis (inhibition of blood clotting), diabetes all of these diseases can be cured if you eat Black Berries Daily.
•Black berries can also help in improving your immune system & the overall health of the individual of the person who eats berries daily.
•Black berries also help in preventing the person to fall with dehydration, because each of those Black Berries is Full of Water.
•It is found that the liquid extracts from the seeds of this fruit reduced the blood sugar level of the person who consumes the berries every day.
•Jambosine and antimellin which are the Extracts of the Black Berry Seed, stop the conversion of starch in to sugar.
•The fruit also reduces the blood pressure by 34.6% because it contains the ellagic acid.
•Just one cup of blackberries contains 8 grams of fiber, meeting 31% of the daily recommended amount of fiber.
•Blackberries are a good source of vitamin K, offering up to 36% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K.
•Vitamin K is used by the body for the normal clotting of blood and to aid the absorption of calcium.
•Wine and vinegar are also made from the fruit.
•The leaves and bark are used for controlling blood pressure and gingivitis.
•Not only do blackberries pack a powerful nutritional punch, they are also low in calories, carbohydrates, and fat, making blackberries one of the most beneficial fruits to include in a balanced diet.
•Anthocyanins extracts of the fruit are absorbed in stomach and small intestine. However, anthocyanins are quickly metabolized and excreted into bile and urine as intact glycosides as well as methylated forms and glucuronidated derivatives.
•Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in blackberries, and one cup of blackberries contains 50% of the daily recommendation of vitamin C.
•It also helps in lessening the appearance of the wrinkles.
•Researchers found that commercial blackberry may have benefits on fighting bacteria. Commercial Blackberry cordials inhibited the growth of Mycobacterium phlei while the fresh blackberry inhibited the growth of varying numbers of bacteria.
Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant estrogens that may help relieve the common symptoms of PMS including bloating, food cravings, and may even provide relief for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Phytoestrogens may also contribute to brain and immune functioning and heart health.
Nutritional Value of Blackberry:
Given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of blackberry:
•Water - 86 gm
•Energy - 52 kcal (218 kj)
•Protein - 0.720 gm
•Fats - 0.390 gm
•Carbohydrate - 12.76 gm
•Total Dietary Fiber - 5.3 gm
•Calcium - 32 mg
•Iron - 0.57 mg
•Magnesium - 20 mg
•Phosphorus - 21 mg
•Potassium - 196 mg
•Zinc - 0.27 mg
•Copper - 0.14 mg
•Manganese - 1.3 mg
•Selenium - 0.6 mcg
•Vitamin C - 21 mg
•Folate - 34 mcg
•Vitamin A - 165 IU
•Vitamin A - 16 mcg
What is it about blackberries that consumers most like?
Known as the "cabernet" of berries for their earthy, wine-like taste, blackberries are an easy and healthy addition to anyone's diet. This fruit has multiple macronutrients — high dietary fiber (up to 20% by weight), carbohydrates, heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats (especially in its numerous chewable seeds), low overall fat content (<1%) and protein combined with high micronutrient levels of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Blackberries are a particularly good source of vitamin A, potassium and calcium.
So, According to me Black berry is the fruit which should be included in to every person’s daily meal. People always tend to find medicines to cure their diseases, but they forget to check the natural shrub which can heal them without side effects.
About The Author: Mr. Rohit Gala is a BMS Graduate. His passion is just helping people till they are happy. He also loves playing out door games like Shot- put, Javelin Throw & Balling & indoor games Like Chess. He is doing a Diploma Course in Counseling.