Berry fuel: Raspberries et al for your health

From the end of July onwards, you can replenish your berry fuel depot, because from then until autumn it is harvest time for these small, round power packs.

Berries contain many vitamins, as well as important minerals and trace elements. The high levels of plant pigment, in particular, give berries their strong healing power. According to scientific studies, these so-called flavonoids neutralise free radicals. These are harmful oxygen molecules that enter the body via environmental toxins or disturbed metabolic processes. Berries also have a positive effect on blood pressure, have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect and inhibit the spread of viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Blackberries, for example, have no fat and hardly any protein or carbohydrates. They have the most calcium of any berry and also contain a lot of magnesium, copper, beta-carotene and vitamin C. And they are real digestive wonders, because they provide fibre for good regular digestion.

Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Enjoying 100 grams of raspberries a day takes care of one-third of your daily vitamin C requirements. Raspberries also have an anti-inflammatory and sweat-inducing effect.

Blueberries contain a lot of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. The fresh berries have an effect that stimulates digestion, and when dried they help prevent diarrhoea. The dark blue fruits lower cholesterol levels and are used externally to treat skin inflammations because of their tannins.