Do you enjoy raspberries? It turns out that raspberries have a lot more health benefits than we realized. This can help you with controlling weight and blood sugar and preventing cancer. The World’s Healthiest Foods provides all the details.

Although we don’t know where exactly raspberries originally came from, today it grows throughout the world, including the United States. Most U.S. production is found on the West Coast, though about 15,000 metric tons of raspberries are imported each year from Mexico.

Raspberries contain phytonutrients, especially rheosmin. This is also known as raspberry ketone, which helps cells in your body to improve oxygen use, enzymes, and create heat.  Overall, ketone aides our bodies with metabolism especially burning fat cells, which in turn helps with weight control.

Another compound, tillroside, is also found in raspberries. This flavonoid has been found in preliminary research to stimulate a hormone called adiponectin, which is made by fat cells in our bodies. For people with type 2 diabetes their bodies do not make enough, if any adiponectin.  When activated, the hormone helps with controlling blood sugar and insulin levels.  

Besides tillroside, raspberries can also help people with type 2 diabetes when I comes to blood sugar spikes. In particular, an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase, is released after we eat to help break down starches and consume sugars. Raspberry extract can block alpha-glucosidase, which in turn aides in regulating blood sugar.

Additional benefits of raspberries

When it comes to cancer, raspberries can be a big help. This is because raspberries contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are useful for combating inflammation, which can initiate the growth of cancer cells. In fact, the phytonutrients in raspberries may switch the signals that are sent by the body to potential cancer cells, or even ones that have already developed.

One important note is the distinction between the raspberry leaf and raspberry fruit. The leaf has been used in traditional medicine issues relating to digestion and even pregnancy. The World’s Healthiest Foods advise the leave be treated separately from the fruit.

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