Black Raspberries contain an extremely dark pigment which allows them to be used as a colorant and gives black raspberries one of the highest antioxidant ratings in common fruits and berries. Rich in ellagic acid, anthocyanins and antioxidants, black raspberries have been called the “king of berries” for their superior health benefits.
Researchers have developed novel black raspberry-based functional foods that can withstand the rigors of a large-scale cancer prevention trial.
Black raspberries- not to be confused with the more recognizable red variety – have piqued the interest of cancer scientists in the last decade due to research showing they have distinct antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that appear to inhibit tumour growth.
But the berries are only grown in a few places around the US, and like many of their berry cousins, must be refrigerated and eaten within a few days of picking.
“We set out to create a product that had the same level of quality and stability you would find in a pharmaceutical medicine, but that was 100 percent fruit, simple to take and retained high levels of chemopreventive bioactives,” said Yael Vodovotz, PhD, a food scientist with The Ohio State University Department of Food Science and Technology, said.
The black raspberry …
Black raspberry is a plant. The fruit (berry) is a familiar food. The berry, along with the leaf, is also used to make medicine. People take black raspberry to treat stomach pain and bleeding and to preventcancer. Black raspberry contains chemicals that might protect against cancer by preventing changes to DNA and blocking the blood supply to tumors.