Blackberries are delicious, healthy, and low in calories: 100 grams have only 44 kilocalories. The berries contain little sugar and are rich in fiber. These support the intestinal flora and the immune system.
The leaves of the blackberry bush also have a lot to offer: They can be used fresh or dried as tea, which is used in natural medicine to treat fever, inflammation of the mouth and throat, and diarrhea.
Lots of vitamins and minerals in blackberries
Blackberries contain a number of vitamins that perform different functions in the body:
- Of all berries, blackberries provide the most provitamin A. It strengthens the eyes and protects the mucous membranes – important, especially during the cold season.
- There is more vitamin C in 100 grams of blackberries than in an apple of the same weight. Vitamin C is important for the immune system.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) plays an important role in sugar metabolism, for the nerves, the heart, and the muscles.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is needed in the metabolism to generate energy.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) can lower cholesterol, relieve joint inflammation and support brain function.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) has a variety of tasks, including blood formation, the production of neurotransmitters in the brain, and metabolism. It can even improve mood. In addition, protective effects against cancer and rheumatism are suspected.
- As an antioxidant, vitamin E protects cell membranes and is important for the immune system, blood clotting, and the control of inflammatory reactions.
Blackberries contain, among other things, the minerals calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as iron and manganese.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that give blackberries their dark color. They protect the cells from free radicals.
Collect blackberries safely
Berry pickers in northern Germany need not fear fox tapeworm eggs on unwashed blackberries. If you want to be on the safe side, only pick blackberries that are at least one meter above the ground – and a little away from the road, otherwise, blackberries can absorb exhaust fumes from cars.