Raspberries are really great for your circulation

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Apparently raspberries are great for the blood and help with circulation too, according to new research. The berry recently showed ‘promising’ health benefits in a trial involving healthy young men. Study involved men aged 18 to 35, who each consumed fruity drinks prepared with 200g and 400g of frozen raspberries, or a control drink which matched the juices in terms of colour, taste and macronutrient breakdown.
The fruit drinks contained either 201 or 403 mg of total polyphenols (they’re the compounds found in plants, which largely benefit the human body and help fight disease). Researchers said those involved in the trial showed signs of short-term improvements in blood vessel function after they ate a manageable amount of red raspberries.
They were looking at the effects on the vessels two and 24 hours after consumption and found that those who drank the red raspberry drink had better flow-mediated dilation (FMD), an indicator for heart disease risk. FMD increased significantly two hours after they had the raspberry drink compared with the change in FMD in those that had the control drink and results remained the same after 24 hours. And as it turns out, the number of red raspberries eaten didn’t matter – as no significant differences were found between improvements in FMD if the men drank 400g of the raspberry drink or half the amount. Study senior author Doctor Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, of King’s College London, said: ‘The research study suggests that ellagitannins, a type of natural compounds present in red raspberries, may play a role in driving the positive effects seen on blood vessel function in the study’s participants.’ The research, supported in part by funds from The National Processed Raspberry Council, was published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
The executive director of the National Processed Raspberry Council Tom Krugman, said: ‘We’re excited about these findings and what they may potentially add to the growing list of benefits from consuming red raspberries.’

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