Raspberries are fantastic fruits because they are full of vitamin C and anti-cancer compounds.

Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which is a powerful cancer-fighting phytonutrient. The berries, which may come in colors other than pink, like yellow, also contain anthocyanins – plant pigments that can protect you against cancer, heart diseases and many degenerative diseases.

That is not all. The insoluble fibers found in raspberries can help you with constipation, while the soluble fibers in the berries, in the form of pectin, can help you lower your unhealthy cholesterol.

[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.

Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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