Thursday, June 10, 2010

benefits of Blackberries

last night after using blackberries as the topping of the cupcakes, i decided to spontaneously make chocolate covered blackberries. I had extra chocolate chips, so it was like, "why not?"

what I did was put the blackberries in the freezer, while I heated the chocolate chips. I added coconut oil for taste and some hemp milk. Once I had melted the chocolate I took the blackberries out of the freezer, mixed it all in, then put it back in the freezer until harden. Lets also say that I've never made chocolate covered anything before and this was pure fun experiment that was once going to be tried with my guests. haha. Once my faithful friends came to visit the blackberries were good. And they successfully became great fingerfood! What a healthy alternative to MMs. haha!

But lets take a looksie on the health benefits of this mysterious fruit that seems so hidden behind Strawberries and Blueberries.
I mean, where do you hear of chocolate covered blackberries? Sometimes they are included in some fruit bowls and recipes, and they definatly are a great topping on treats!

Blackberries are a good source of phenolic acids, which are an effective anti-carcinogenic agent. Its pretty much a pretty good source of antioxidants!

They contain both vitamins A and C

Vitamin A plays a significant role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division. It helps maintain the immune system (prevents and or fights off infections by producing white blood cells that eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses).

Vitamin C keeps collagen ( a fibrous protein) to hold together the blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones. It also takes part in the role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are important for brain function and also affects mood. Vitamin C calls upon synthesis of carnitine- which is a molecule that is necessary for the transport of fat into mitochondria, where fat is converted to energy and metabolism of cholesterol to bile salts (which is probable to control blood cholesterol levels and the appearance of gallstones)

eating blackberries can protect you against:
- pleurisy & lung inflammation
-anti-thrombosis (inhibition of blood clotting)

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