Superfoods: Organic Raspberries

Raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats, but a rich source of dietary fibre and anti-oxidants.

Scientific studies show that the antioxidant compounds found in these berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Fresh raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural anti-oxidant. Consuming fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infection, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.

Raspberries contain the well known anti-oxidant vitamins vitamin A and vitamin E.

The raspberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, crediting it among the top-ranked ORAC fruits. Proper intake of high ORAC foods is necessary in protecting against several chronic and degenerative diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, and heart disease.

Raspberries contain good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

And finally, the little red gems are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. They contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

The best way to have organic raspberries is raw. Include them in your breakfast, smoothie, or as an excellent go-to snack during the day.

Nature’s offer as a great daily supplement!

End of Year Gift: 10 Healthy Habits for 2012

We are embarking on a little break for the next couple of weeks. We hope you take this time to relax, be happy, and think ahead on what will make 2012 your best year ever. All of these little things add up to pay big dividends to your overall life quality.

We are very excited about 2012!

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From all of us at The Second Act – Eat well. Be well. And remember, HEALTH IS WEALTH!

Happy Holidays!

ps. We will not be posting comments during the holiday break.