23 August, 2011
What Vitamins Are in Raspberries?
While raspberries are sweet and delicious, they are also full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are good for your body. Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants, which may protect cells from the damage caused free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer and heart disease.
A single cup of raspberries contains 41 IU of vitamin A. This is approximately 4 percent of the daily value for this vitamin, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps maintain the health of your eyes, aids in proper skeletal development, promotes the healthy growth of your skin, increases cellular growth and helps keep your immune system healthy. A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to night blindness, lowered overall immunity and skin problems.
Eating 1 cup of raspberries per day will provide you with 32.2 mg of vitamin C, which is 50 percent of the daily value. It is essential to have an adequate intake of vitamin C to promote healing and help the body properly absorb iron. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the health of your bones, skin and connective tissues.
A single cup of raspberries contains 1.07 mg of vitamin E, which is less than 1 percent of the daily value. Your body requires vitamin E to boost your immune system to fight off infections from bacterial or viral sources. Vitamin E is also essential for heart health because it widens blood vessels and prevents clotting. MedlinePlus recommends that people who take blood thinners or other medications consult with their doctors before taking vitamin E supplements.
One cup of raspberries contains 9.6 micrograms of vitamin K, which is nearly 10 percent of the daily value. Vitamin K works to prevent calcification from occurring in your arteries, promotes blood clotting, protects your bones from fractures, prevents bruising and provides some level of protection against both liver cancer and prostate cancer. While vitamin K is not an antioxidant like vitamins A, C and E, it does work to protect your body's cells from oxidative damage and inflammation.
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