The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by a tree in the Rosaceae family. From this plant can be used both fruits and other parts: leaves, stems, roots, all having great health benefits.
Blackberries are rich in flavonoids, substances that strengthen the immune system, protects blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and stops the evolution of cancer. Also, blackberries are a good source of folic acid, which helps in proper functioning of the nervous system. Blackberries are full of anthocyanins – responsible for their intense color. These substances have powerful antioxidant properties, being supported also by vitamins C and E and the ellagic acid. All protects against cancer and chronic diseases, including the heart. Also, antioxidants delay the aging process, including removal or improving of mental illnesses symptoms.
Benefits of blackberries for our health:
Because it contains phytoestrogens, blackberries have beneficial effects on health of women, protecting them from cervical and breast cancer.
Ellagic acid in their composition gives them anti-tumor properties. The leaves are diuretic and have disinfectant properties (useful in kidney and skin diseases) combat diarrhea and abdominal colic, promotes digestion.
Blackberries have laxative and blood cleanser effects, stimulates the secretion of melatonin, improve eyesight, have antioxidant and anti-anemic properties and tone the body. External disinfectant and regenerating action, is used as gargle for infections and inflammations of the oral cavity.
Due to its great antioxidant properties, emollient, moisturizing and anti-aging, blackberries are used in cosmetics. Thus, bubble bath with aroma of blackberry gives physical and mental relaxation, while moisturizes and nourishes the skin. Blackberry has antioxidant and toning effects on the skin and gives a very fresh and natural scent.
Blackberries have astringent properties caused by high tannin content. This strengthens the tissues, relieves minor bleeding and help treat diarrhea and intestinal inflammation. Consumption of blackberries is indicated for mild infections, gum irritation and sore throat. Also due to tannins, blackberries are used to treat hemorrhoids.
Blackberries, are the berries richest in vitamin E and contain a high amount of polyphenols, a substance that slows brain aging.
The leaves, stems or roots of blackberry tree:
Not only the fruit can be used for medicinal purposes. Because they are rich in tannin, leaves, stems and roots of blackberry can be used as a tea. Usually, this tea is recommended for treating diarrhea, or simply as a general tonic. It should be noted that dry ingredients are stronger than the fresh ones.