26 July, 2011
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Benefits of Raspberry Juice
Pure, undiluted raspberry juice contains few calories, is low in fat and has many nutritional and health benefits. Only 1/4-cup provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, and it is loaded with antioxidants that slow aging, help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. Choose fresh, organic raspberries if juicing your own. Drinking raspberry juice is a way to detoxify your body and boost your immune system.
One cup of fresh raspberries totals 70 calories and contains 1 gram of fat and 32 percent of your daily fiber. Juicing yields approximately 1/4 cup and provides several daily nutritional benefits, such as 50 percent of your vitamin C requirement, 6 percent of folate and magnesium, 5 percent of potassium and 4 percent each of calcium, niacin, B-6, phosphorus and zinc.
According to Washington Red Raspberry Commission, 100 percent undiluted raspberry juice is a source of ellagic acid, which is a phenolic compound known for its anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also a source of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that slow the effects of aging, prevent cancer and reduces the risk of heart disease. The Harvard School of Public Health suggests that anthocyanins may also reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Raspberry juice is a source of salicylic acid, a compound similar to aspirin, which may prevent hardening of the arteries. The vitamin C in raspberry juice also has an antihistamine effect on your body.
Pure, undiluted raspberry juice reduces the release of histamines, minimizing allergic reactions. According to a study conducted by Arizona State University, research indicates that the antioxidant vitamin C decreases the levels of histamine, which is harmful to your body.The Harvard School of Public Health recommends the dietary intake of vitamin C for women is 75 milligrams and for men 90 milligrams. A 1/4-cup serving of raspberry juice contains 50 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement.
Anthocyanins and Antioxidants
Anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in raspberry juice, reduce your risk of heart disease and help maintain blood vessels by stabilizing capillary walls, according to registered dietitian Marilyn Sterling. According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, anthocyanins found in berries also have a neuroprotective effect, which means that consuming raspberry juice may be a natural and healthy way to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The National Cancer institute also suggests that antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent your development of cancer
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