Updated: Feb 22, 2019
August is my favourite time of year - good weather (usually) and blackberries galore.
Foraging for blackberries is so much more fun than buying them in the supermarket, and at least then you know they have not been sprayed with pesticide. I pick as many as I can, and then freeze them.
Blackberries are a great source of vitamin C and polyphenols (particularly anthocyanin). Their dark colour means that they are rich in antioxidants. Research indicates that they may improve cardiovascular risk and increase cognitive function.
Anthocyanin extracts have shown improvements in LDL oxidation, lipid preoccupation, total plasma antioxidant capacity, dyslipidaemia, and glucose metabolism in both healthy subjects and in subjects with existing metabolic risk factors.
A study with rats found that consuming blackberries increased the cognitive function and short term memory of the rats. It was even shown to reverse age related declines in cognitive and motor function!
This seasonal blackberry cabbage smoothie recipe tastes great, and is also good for helping with constipation, thanks to the addition of the prunes and flax seeds to the recipe.
Handful of blackberries
Juice of half a lemon
Handful of red cabbage
2 inches of cucumber
2 teaspoons of flax seeds
Optional - 1 teaspoon of nut or seed butter of your choice
Place the ingredients into a nutribullet (or equivalent!)
Top up with filtered water