Nope, this isn’t about the plump, sweet fruit we already know and love. It’s about its nutrition-packed leaves and all they can provide for the human body. In fact, red raspberry leaf has been used throughout Europe and Asia for centuries to treat various ailments. So, if you’re a tea-lover and are looking to switch things up, red raspberry leaf tea might be the tea for you!
“B” IS THE NEW “A+”
Red raspberry leaf is so jam-packed with nutrients, it could be a stand-alone supplement for you. One of its shining characteristics is its B vitamin content. B vitamins are essential to the health and wellbeing of the human body. Most prominently, B vitamins directly impact your energy, brain function, and cell metabolism. They also support your eyesight, red blood cells, digestion and nerve function.
In women especially, B vitamins are crucial to feminine health during reproductive age. Since the female body is so regulated by hormones, it can often be thrown off balance by the simplest of factors. The two most prominent hormones that affect the female body at every stage are estrogen and progesterone, which especially ebb and flow during periods. Vitamin B6, found in red raspberry leaves, is a fighter of all things PMS, including mood changes and irritability. In addition, B6 binds to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, helping regulate these steroid hormones, reducing your risk of cancer.
Traditionally, red raspberry leaf tea was also used to speed up the labor process in the second or third trimesters of pregnant women. Also, it can help with nausea and strengthens the uterus to prepare for childbirth.
MINERAL & ANTIOXIDANT RICH
While these leaves are super beneficial to women, they have a multitude of benefits for anyone. As well as B vitamins, they include vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron. Here’s a quick drive by of what these vitamins and minerals can do for you:
Vitamin C – improves the immune system, maintains cartilage, bones & teeth
Potassium – acts as an electrolyte, regulates fluid balance and nerve and muscle function
Magnesium – increases calcium absorption, relieves migraines, alleviates PMS symptoms
Zinc – regulates immune function, improves learning and memory, stops chronic diseases
Phosphorus – helps filter kidneys, produces DNA and RNA, manages energy release
Iron – treats anemia, boosts hemoglobin, improves immune system, reduces fatigue
The leaves also include polyphenols that act as antioxidants to protect cells from damage. Their small amounts of ellagic acids have also been thought to neutralize carcinogens and help kill cancer cells, although more research needs to be done.
MAKE YOUR OWN
While it’s tempting to buy red raspberry leaf tea in pre-made tea bags, you can get even more benefits to red raspberry leaf tea by buying it loose and filling your own tea bags. To get maximum benefits, let the tea steep overnight or at least for 12 hours to reap the benefits of these wonder leaves.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Loose red raspberry leaf tea
- Fillable tea bags
- Piping-hot Primo® Water
- Mason jar, or another heat-safe container
Fill a tea bag with loose tea leaves until full, making sure to not overfill. Place in the bottom of a heat-safe container and top with hot water. Keep at room temperature for at least 12 hours, preferably overnight with the lid on. Enjoy hot or over ice!
You can make tea with any water, but why would you want to? When red raspberry leaves give you such a range of health benefits, it would be a shame to cancel them out with all the nasty contaminants found in your tap water. Do harmful bacteria, heavy metals or trace pharmaceuticals sound good to you?
That’s why you should reach for Primo® Water which undergoes a 5-step Reverse Osmosis (RO) purification process to rid itself of all those and more! That leaves you with better, safer water to make some terrific tea. And when you choose Primo, suddenly you’ll be feeling like you have super powers…not just from the tea, either. That’s what we call The Primo Effect. Something BIG is happening.
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