Have A Berry Intoxicating Summer

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Summertime is an especially bountiful season to enjoy the abundant health benefits of raspberries! These berries are tiny, tasty and tantilizingly colorful and they protect everything from your head to your heart.xz5kf2kikvx5r4kh4risaayccawfwv7t.jpg

Raspberries are also "berry-beneficial" for our health. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals; nutrients that help protect cells from damage.


  • Berries Help Manage Diabetes: Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. They rank low on the glycemic index and they're a good fruit option for managing blood sugar levels. According to Copperman, "because they come with fiber, they are beneficial in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit."
  • Berries Might Prevent Parkinson's: According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, people who eat at least two servings of berries a week, have a 25% less chance of developing Parkinson's Disease.
  • Berries Boost Memory: Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest increasing your intake of berries can help slow cognitive decline normally associated with aging.
  • Berries Slow Tumor Growth: Raspberries are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Rich in ellagic acid, this tannin found in raspberries prevents cell damage from free radicals and slows tumor growth.
  • Fight Cancer with Berries: Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids in raspberries may help reduce colon cancer risk.


Boost your grill power with this Savory BBQ sauce! This sweet, tangy smoky sauce is terrific brushed on grilled meat or veggies.


Raspberry-Ginger BBQ Sauce:


  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbs. chopped gingerroot
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. molasses
  • 1/4 c. minced onion


Simmer all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook about 20-25 minutes.

Shopping and Storage Tips:

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries and remove any soft or moldy ones to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Raspberries keep best in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator. Wash them right before eating.
  • To keep raspberries fresh longer, swish them in a basin filled with a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

©2018Monica D. Riley



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