Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

The Fruit or the Leaf?

I LOVE raspberries! I grew up with a backyard full of raspberry bushes and spent many hours picking them to enjoy and to preserve for the long winter months. Raspberries have been known for their healing properties for centuries, and my wise Mother made sure we always had some on hand, especially during the flu and cold season.

However, it was not until my “Gone vegan! No one is home!” days that I learned that while the berries are a delicious delight and packed with serious nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese, fiber, copper, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, folate, and even Omega-3 fatty acids, raspberry leaves can also be used to promote health.

In fact, I found one study that demonstrated that raspberry leaves have a higher ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity*) value. The study compared fruits and leaves of from different cultivars of thorn-less blackberry, red raspberry, black raspberry, and strawberry plants to see their antioxidant capacity. The results showed that in fresh berries, ORAC values ranged from (35.0−162.1 μmol of TE/g of dry matter), whereas in leaves, ORAC values ranged from 69.7-182.2 μmol of TE/g of fresh leaves (205.0−728.8 μmol of TE/g of dry matter). (1)

*method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples in vitro

Medicinal Uses of Red Raspberry Leaves

In herbology, red raspberry leaf tea is hailed as an herb for a woman’s health.  The claimed benefits range from promising to increase fertility, tonify a uterus of an expectant mother and help to relieve the strength of contractions, to helping to relieve PMS symptoms, such as cramping, irritability, and depression; relieving morning sickness symptoms, and even increasing milk production.Now that the ACA is improving healthcare, more and more folks are doing everything they can to become healthier. However, how much of this is true?  I set out to investigate this very question to set the record straight once and for all, especially since even my midwives had recommended for me to drink an herbal tea mix, in preparation for Sprout’s delivery, which included red raspberry leaves.


More information about raspberry leaf tea 

raspberry leaf tea benefits to induce labor


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