The Basic Characteristics of Blackberries
Blackberry is a shrub-like plant that grows in wild conditions, mostly along the edges of forests, pastures, as a perennial plant that has the capacity to self repair.
In addition to wild blackberry, today also blackberries grown on plantations, as well as homemade blackberry, which unlike its relatives, has a bigger, larger fruit, but they are not so tasty as is the wild blackberries.
Blackberry grows in the form of thorny bush - her whole area is covered with needles and spines, especially tree. On the tree are small twigs, which are separated and wear green leaves, which are also covered with tiny needles.
Blackberry flower is white to pink and from him during ripening occurs first green berry fruit that matures and gets characteristic blue or purple color.
What are the Medicinal Parts of Blackberry?
Blackberry is healing in its entirety - even root of blackberry has its medicinal properties. In addition to the roots of blackberries, healing properties have leaves, as well as the fruits.
As for the roots of blackberries, skilled herbalists say that root of blackberries after removing need to be washed and used immediately! It must not be exposed to the sun or drying because it loses healing effects.
What is the Nutritional Profile of Blackberry?
Like other berries and blackberries abundant in vitamin C. There is also abundance of other vitamins - vitamin B1, B2, folic acid, vitamin B9.
Minerals that are accommodated in the fruit of blackberry are potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus.
Among the other ingredients of blackberries contains:
- Organic acid
- Essential oil
Health Benefits of Blackberries
1. The BlackBerry is a powerful antioxidant, which helps in preventing the oxidation of fat. It lowers the level of bad cholesterol, thereby significantly cleans the blood and prevents cardiovascular disease.
2. Fibers in blackberries in spite of the fact affect the better-engine in intestines and allow better digestion of food, it also have a role in the regulation of sugar. This is a significant issue for diabetics, as well as the fact that blackberries contains little sugars, which is why this group can consume them without fear of insulin imbalance.
3. The organic acid in blackberries has antimicrobial effects against E.coli and salmonella.
4. Due to the high content of potassium and low sodium blackberry fruit are ideal for people with increased blood pressure.
5. The high tannin content in blackberries provides the ability to tightening tissue, which is important for wound healing. Once the blackberry leaves used as coverings for wounds.
6. Some organic acids from blackberries have anticancer property - reduced the growth of tumor cells.
7. Blackberry leaves are used for inflammation of the tonsils and throat, and mouth rinse. Tea from the leaves of blackberry is used for periodontal disease.
8. Blackberry wine is used in the treatment of anemia, because blackberries are rich in iron and folic acid.
9. In women the root of blackberries can help regulate irregular periods.
10. The high content of vitamin C and other important vitamins and minerals makes the immune status of the body strong and ready to defend against microbes.