Blackberries are rich in antioxidants which help keep toxins out of the body. Due their abundance in polyphenols (type of antioxidant) they are reputed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is at the heart of many chronic conditions and premature aging in the body. Studies from European Journal of Nutrition and Nutritional Neuroscience Journal showed benefits from 8 weeks of consuming blackberries with improved cognitive and motor functions and neuroprotective benefits.[i] It is thought these benefits are due to a high polyphenol and manganese content. Manganese is a trace mineral that is essential to the functioning of the brain. Blackberries also contain anthocyanin like many other purple colour foods including blueberries, cherries and red cabbage. Anthocyanin has been positively linked to increased longevity, cardiovascular health and dementia.
This breakfast pudding supports healthy metabolism and can aid weight loss. It will soothe the digestive tract, stomach sphincter and bowels as it is high in mucilage. Taken daily it will aid in repairing and calming inflammatory conditions of the digestive system & is highly appropriate for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Diverticulitis, Gastritis, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Haemorrhoids. It is suitable for over or under acid conditions or those recovering from illness or a fast or for those watching blood sugar levels.
The elderberry tree is in bloom across the countryside at this moment, lining the roadside as far as the eye can see. It gives us a heavenly lemon scent, feeds the bees and provides us with free food and medicine. Some things are really free, especially when you purchase from nature’s bounty. When your out walking pick a handful of flowers to make a cordial. This recipe is so simple yet so nourishing and medicinal.