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A Raspberry Plant Provides More than Just Berries

When you think of a raspberry plant, the first thing that you think of is likely the juicy, red berries that you pick by the pail full off of the plant every summer. While those berries are delicious, there is more to a raspberry plant than just the sweet, red fruit that it faithfully produces every season.

Raspberry plants are grown in gardens, farm yards, fields and hillsides all over North America. And they are well known for their bright red, juicy berries. Every year, thousands of people all across the country will begin the process of creating yummy jams, jellies and syrups with their harvest of berries.

However, much more can come out of a raspberry plant then just the fruit; for centuries people have been using this amazing plant for more than just its culinary delights. The leaves of red raspberry plant are used for herbal benefits, particularly in pregnant women.

Red raspberry leaf tea is thought to support a women?s reproductive system. And if the tea is given in pregnancy, the leaf of the raspberry plant will strengthen a woman?s uterus and help prepare her for a healthy delivery.

It is not just the leaf and the berry of the raspberry plant that is found to be of use, but also the raspberry seed. That pesky seed that finds it?s way into your teeth, also contains benefits. Raspberry seed is sold in health food stores in powdered form to help prevent prostate or cervix tumors. The powder is also said to be helpful in preventing heart attacks. The raspberry seed powder is also believed to be good for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hot flashes and easing a heavy menstrual flow.

So the next time you are enjoying a bowlful of juicy, ripe raspberries, remember that there is more to a raspberry plant than meets the eye.

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