- Berries & Fruits
The Latin name Rubus idaeus, given to raspberries, originated from the ancient Greeks who associated the fruit with Mount Ida, located in modern-day Turkey. In Greek mythology, Mount Ida was the birthplace of the goddess Cybele, known as the mother of the gods. Raspberries, technically not berries but aggregate fruits made up of drupelets, are part of the rose family. They hold cultural symbolism related to fertility, love, and protection.
Raspberries offer a range of health benefits, including neuroprotective and gut health effects. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, raspberries combat oxidative stress and inflammation associated with neurodegenerative diseases. They help maintain brain health and reduce cognitive decline risk. As an excellent source of dietary fiber, raspberries support digestive health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Additionally, their natural prebiotics nourish probiotic bacteria, fostering a balanced gut microbiome. Raspberries' anti-inflammatory properties and nutrient content also contribute to heart health by regulating blood pressure and reducing cardiovascular disease risk.
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