Blackberries are delicious dark-colored berry fruits that are usually foundin abundance, especially during late spring and summer, almost anywhere in the world.You can eat them raw, or make them into sauces, jellies, jams or juices. Blackberries are not just known for being easy on the mouth. Many health benefits can be attributed to them, too.
Blackberries contain a concentrated amount of anti-oxidants due to the high presence of the anthocyanins that give blackberries their characteristic dark color. This phytonutrient is what keeps the brain from stress related to oxidation, which eventually causes diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The same anti-oxidation properties help greatly in the fight against cancer within the gastro-intestinal tract, as well also to protect the cardiovascular system from damage caused by free radicals that trigger diseases of the heart.
Blackberry juice also contains gallic acid, ellagic acid and rutin that fight disease-causing bacteria and viruses. The extract’s anti-bacterial property, in addition to its anti-inflammatory characteristic, has been influential in the fight against periodontal diseases and maintenance of oral hygiene. The high potassium content is highly recommended especially for expectant women.
A serving of the juice contains about 108 micrograms folate, otherwise known as Vitamin B-9. This vitamin fortifies the immune system to withstand stress, enabling the body to disintegrate carbohydrates for the release of energy. Folate also helps the body generate DNA that is helpful in development, especially in expectant women.
To make a cup of blackberry juice, you need about three cups of blackberries and a cup of water. Heat a saucepan, toss in the berries, and pour the water in. Once they come to a boil, let them simmer for a few minutes until the berries are soft enough. Mash the mixture then remove the mixture from the heat. Pour the mixture on a strainer and use a spoon to squeeze the juice. Throw away the remaining pulp. Serve and enjoy!