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You may be familiar with raspberries as a favorite summertime treat. But you may not know that the red raspberry plant (rubus idaeus), particularly its leaves, has long been celebrated for its reported health benefits. Naturally full of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C and E, this versatile plant is especially appreciated as an effective support for many aspects of women’s health. This plant is considered to be safe for women of childbearing age, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Here are just a few of the ways that red raspberry leaf has traditionally been used:
My favorite way to ingest red raspberry leaf is to drink it as an herbal tea. In flavor it is similar a mild black tea, and can be enjoyed on its own or sweetened with honey. If you are trying to cut caffeine from your diet, this can be a healthy and delicious alternative to your morning coffee. Besides being rich in vitamins and nutrients that are vital for maintaining reproductive health, red raspberry leaf increases circulation to the pelvic area, making this herb a perfect choice for women who are thinking about getting pregnant or may have had trouble conceiving.
Red raspberry leaf can be found in health food stores, some grocery stores, or online:
Do you have experiences with raspberry leaf? Share your stories in the comments!
Natural Fertility Info.com
National Center for Biotechnology Information
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