Blackberries have been used in folk medicine for centuries because almost all parts of the plant have medicinal effect. Blackberry is primarily rich in organic iron and for that reason is particularly recommended for people suffering from anemia, young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
In olden times, this juicy, sweet fruit was known as an invaluable remedy against diarrhea, particularly in children. Its leaves contain soluble fiber – pectin, which lowers bad cholesterol, and therefore the tea made from this part of the plant is used to clean the blood and help the treatment or prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
In addition to iron, blackberries are rich in other minerals: potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2 and C. Organic acids gallotannin and inositol have an antimicrobial impact and destroy bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella enteritidis.
Over the centuries, as one of many priceless folk remedies, blackberry has become very important when it comes to hemorrhoids treatment and various skin injuries.
This magical fruit is also used as an antiseptic mouthwash in case of inflammation of the mucous membrane, it relieves cold and coughing and because of a high level of potassium and low sodium concentration, it successfully lowers high blood pressure.
The healing properties of blackberry are remarkably important for diabetics because this fruit prevents damage to blood vessels and thus protects the vital organs. Due to the low level of carbohydrates, diabetics should consume this fruit as often as possible.
Blackberries are also very present and popular in many world cuisines, especially when it comes to blackberry jam, marmalade, slatko and juice. The widely known blackberry wine is also one of blackberry specialties, whose high content of useful acids helps in food digestion, especially protein. This drink is rich in iron, so it is often used as the adjunctive therapy for anemia.