Overview

Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. Red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries.

Some people take red raspberry leaf by mouth for easing labor and delivery, for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including diarrhea; for infection of the airways including flu, and for heart problems.

Red raspberry leaf is used in a gargle for sore throat and applied to the skin for rashes.

In foods, red raspberry fruit is eaten and processed into jams and other foods. Red raspberry leaf in small quantities is a source of natural flavoring in Europe.

How does it work ?

The chemicals in red raspberry might have antioxidant effects and help relax blood vessels. They might also cause muscles to contract or relax, depending on the dose and the muscle involved. This is the theory behind red raspberry’s use in easing labor and delivery.

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