Blackberries are a true gift of nature, easily incorporated into our diet, adding their robust sweet and tart taste to salads, sauces, shakes and memorable desserts.
However, their benefits go way beyond taste; blackberries are a true nutritional powerhouse providing plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that may lower the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and chronic pulmonary disease, as well as support bone, brain, dental and digestive health.
However, did you know that not all blackberries are created equal? There are distinct differences between wild and cultivated blackberries that make each variety unique.
Wild blackberries, as the name suggests, grow naturally in untamed environments like woodlands and forests. They are smaller in size, have a more intense and robust flavor, and retain a slightly seedier texture than cultivated berries. When it comes to nutritional value, wild blackberries have an edge over cultivated ones, providing more vitamin C, fiber, iron, and antioxidants.
Northwest Wild Foods is proud to offer not only fresh frozen wild mountain grown blackberries directly to you, but also handmade delicious frozen Wild Mountain Blackberry Pies. Our wild mountain blackberry pies are artisan made and loaded with wild mountain blackberries that are carefully hand gathered from the coastal slopes of the Pacific Northwest all the way to the wilds of Southeastern Alaska.
The Top Benefits of Eating Blackberries
Boosts Brain Health
Blackberries contain plant compounds called phytochemicals, such as anthocyanin, which have been known to support brain health.
Recent studies suggest that blackberries can prevent age-related neurodegenerative disease and improve cognitive function, since anthocyanin increases blood flow to the brain and stimulates areas that control memory and attention. Examples of this are studies showing that increased blood flow to the brain activates areas that control speech, memory, and attention; and this improves speech and memory in people with mild or moderate dementia.
Manganese is another nutrient present in high levels in blackberries that is vital to brain function. A high percentage of manganese in our body is within the synapses of our brain. Since manganese is vital for neurotransmission within the brain, a manganese deficiency is linked to brain conditions like epilepsy.
Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Blackberries are loaded with heart-protective compounds, such as fiber, vitamin K, and anthocyanins. A review of more than 59 studies found that foods rich in anthocyanin were linked to a 17% reduced risk of coronary heart disease and a 9% lower risk of total heart disease-related death. Other research suggests the compound may help lower bad cholesterol levels. High levels of bad cholesterol are a risk factor for heart disease.
In addition, the vitamin K in blackberries serves to stop the hardening of arteries by carrying calcium out of them and preventing buildup that can lead to serious diseases.
Healthy consumption of vitamin K is also linked to improved blood pressure levels, reduced inflammation of cells that line blood vessels (both veins and arteries) as well as a lower chance of a heart attack.
Protects Against Cancer
Blackberries are also proven strong cancer fighters. Blackberries contain high levels of antioxidants, including anthocyanin, believed to be the primary nutrient that blackberries have against the development of cancer. The high levels of oxidative stress that cause the growth of cancer cells are blocked by the anthocyanins found in blackberries.
It has also been found that consumption of blackberries reverses the effects of tobacco smoking. At least one study demonstrates the effectiveness of cyanidin-3-glucoside, a specific anthocyanin found in blackberries, of limiting the growth of cancerous lung tumors.
Blackberries, especially if eaten fresh or frozen, may offer protection against diabetes and the associated risk of obesity due to their positive impact on insulin resistance and triglyceride levels. One study showed that overweight men who consumed blackberries had improved insulin sensitivity.
In addition, the fiber in blackberries helps to lower blood sugar levels by slowing digestion. An important consideration in this regard is that wild blackberries have a higher fiber content than cultivated blackberries.
Supports Bone Health
Blackberries provide abundant amounts of manganese, vitamin K, and calcium that support bone health in many ways:
The high levels of manganese may increase bone mineral density and bone formation; vitamin K, which is also found in blackberries, is known to support bone health and the high levels of calcium make blackberries an ideal food for patients suffering from osteoporosis and bone-related disorders.
The fiber in blackberries may help improve digestion and relieve constipation. Fiber affects the digestion rate of foods, how nutrients are absorbed, and the movement of stool through the colon. High-fiber foods also provide good bacteria that can benefit gut health. Wild blackberries have a higher fiber content than cultivated blackberries.
Promotes Good Dental Health
Research shows blackberry extract provides antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that may promote dental health. One study found the extract might help prevent or treat periodontal infections.
The Culinary Magic of Wild Blackberries
The preparation versatility of wild blackberries means that they can be used in a wide variety of dishes, making them a wonderful addition to any meal. From salads to desserts, baked goods to jams and jellies, smoothies and shakes to sauces and syrups. Their intense and robust flavor adds a delightful twist to a wide range of recipes.
One favorite use is as pie filling. Wild blackberries are perfect for making mouthwatering pies. Their natural sweetness and tanginess complement the buttery crust, creating a delectable dessert.
Add the Magic of Wild Blackberries to your Diet:
Northwest Wild Foods Artisan Made Wild Mountain Blackberry Pies
Northwest Wild Foods is proud to offer artisan made fresh frozen wild mountain blackberry pies loaded with wild mountain blackberries that are carefully hand gathered from the coastal slopes of the Pacific Northwest all the way to the wilds of Southeastern Alaska. Their unique tartness, delicious, sweet flavor and tiny unnoticeable seeds yield perfectly rustic and flavorful pies.
Our wild mountain blackberry pie comes fresh frozen to your door and is conveniently ready to heat after a quick thaw for a delicious, authentic, and fresh baked flavor exclusive to homemade pies. Consider adding a dollop of vanilla ice cream to your finished pie for both garnish and as a complimentary flavor.