Summer is synonymous with blackberries for me. I love blackberries. For starters, it is easy to eat (no peeling!). Plus, the sweet and juicy flavor makes for a tasty treat. No wonder, it’s a favourite among kids. But along with these immediate benefits, this delicious fruit has a lot more to offer.
Whether it is the skin, hair or overall health, this yummy fruit extends its benefits to all. Blackberries are available in plenty during mid-autumn. They are aggregate fruits, composed of several smaller fruits known as drupes. The blackberry belongs to the Rosaceae family (1). The fruit is deep purple in color with smooth, fragile skin. Thanks to the fruitfulness of blackberries, they have even found mention in the Bible and British folklore.
Still doubt the calibre of blackberries? Here is a post on blackberries’ benefits for skin, hair and health. But before I start listing out the various benefits, here’s a detailed chart elucidating their nutritional value.
Blackberry Nutrition Chart: (USDA)
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.49 g|
|Dietary Fiber||5.3 g|
|Pantothenic acid||0.276 mg|
|Vitamin A||214 IU|
|Vitamin C||21 mg|
|Vitamin E||1.17 mg|
|Vitamin K||19.8 µg|
Benefits Of Blackberry Fruit For Skin:
Our skin plays a vital role in our outer appearance. Most of us fail to realise that our skin eventually reflects what we eat. A good daily supply of vital nutrients is required for a glowing and perfect skin. Blackberries are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They also offer the highest levels of some antioxidants – higher than blueberries and strawberries too. The very dark color of the fruit is proof of its high antioxidant level. As a result, it is beneficial for the skin.
1. Fights Free Radicals:
Anthocyanocides and polyphenols are two antioxidants found in abundance in blackberries. These help in fighting free radicals (2). The collagen-forming Vitamin C and Vitamin A make it only more appropriate for skin. These vitamins also act as antioxidants. The regular consumption of blackberries protects the skin against the damaging UVA and UVB rays and aids in skin cell renewal.
2. Hydrates Skin:
Blackberries are comprised of more than 85% water with an abundant dose of fiber. Both of these are essential for a healthy-looking skin. The consumption of blackberries detoxifies the body and maintains the elasticity of the skin (3).
A good way to enjoy the goodness of blackberries for your skin is through a face mask. Here’s how:
- Take a bunch of blackberries.
- Crush and mix the juice with a teaspoon of honey.
- Apply this to your face and neck.
- Let it dry well before washing it off thoroughly.
This face mask is ideal for hydrating the skin while supplying essential nutrients to it.
3. Rejuvenates The Skin:
Vitamins A, C and K in blackberries are excellent for skin rejuvenation (4). Their omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids-rich seeds are vital for healthy skin.
Here’s an effective face mask recipe for skin rejuvenation.
- Grind a bunch of blackberries.
- Blend these with some fresh yoghurt.
- Add a pinch of nutmeg powder and ¼ cup of lemon juice.
- Apply this mask evenly on your face and neck.
- Wash off after 25 to 30 minutes with lukewarm water.
The regular application of this face mask will help rejuvenate your skin. It will also ensure smooth, moisturized and hydrated skin.
4. Skin Cleanser For Oily Skin:
Blackberries are great for cleansing and detoxification of oily skin too (5).
Prepare a natural skin cleanser for oily skin with this recipe:
- Mix 2 tbsp of fuller’s earth with 1 ½ tbsp of blackberry juice.
- Mix well to form a thick paste.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil (only if you suffer from acne).
- Dampen your face and apply this mixture evenly over your face.
- Wash off after 2 minutes.
This natural skin cleanser will help remove excess oil and shrink the pores, purifying your skin from deep within.
5. Treatment Of Wounds:
Blackberry leaves contain tannins with brilliant astringent qualities (6). These prevent the formation of blood clots. Traditionally, the fruit leaves are used to heal wounds, open sores and scratches. Blackberries also assist in soothing skin ailments like psoriasis. The antioxidants aid in clearing acne. The brew made from blackberry leaves is applied topically to cure eczema.
Benefits Of Blackberry Fruit For Hair:
The high content of antioxidants in blackberries makes them ideal for hair care too.
6. Healthy Hair:
Vitamin C, found in blackberries, is largely responsible for collagen production and contributes to strong hair. The antioxidants help combat the harmful and damaging effects of the environment on the hair. The topical application of the fruit extract is known to add instant volume, shine and bounce to the hair (7).
Benefits Of Blackberry Fruit For Health:
7. Gum Care:
The leaves and bark of the blackberry plant are consumed traditionally. They are used to treat mild gum inflammation and bleeding gums too (8).
8. Menstrual Bleeding:
Consuming blackberry leaves helps get relief from excessive bleeding during menses. The fruit is also used to regulate menses and considered a uterine tonic (9).
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