6 Amazing Benefits Of Red Raspberry Leaves

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Red raspberry leaves have been used for many herbal remedies throughout history, and they still offer a number of health benefits today!

What are Red Raspberry Leaves?

Red raspberry leaves are the leaves of the raspberry plant, scientifically known as Rubus idaeus. While the fruit of this plant is more well known for its tart berries, the leaves are also packed with antioxidants and other nutrients, making it a very important part of traditional medicine. For more than 400 years, natural healers have been using the leaves of this plant to aid women’s reproductive health, while also helping other systems in the body. Red raspberry leaves are relatively easy to find as herbal supplements in capsules and tablets, but many people prefer the dried leaves to brew red raspberry tea.

Nutrition of Red Raspberry Leaves

When it comes to the nutrition of red raspberry leaves, there are moderate levels of calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and magnesium, as well as vitamins B, C, and E. There are also a number of ketones and antioxidants in these leaves that deliver various health benefits.

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Taste of summer with juicy, red strawberries. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaves

The most notable benefits of these leaves include its effects on pregnancy, menstrual discomfort, implantation, blood pressure, fertility, reproductive health, and the immune system, among others.

Pregnancy

While drinking an excess amount of this tea during the first two trimesters is not always recommended, it can strengthen the uterine lining and help to ease labor pains, making it a popular choice as your due date approaches.

Menstrual Discomfort

There are anti-inflammatory and sedative properties of these leaves that help to decrease menstrual discomfort, as well as symptoms like mood swings and cramping.

Reproductive Health

Generally speaking, this tea is considered an overall reproductive health tonic, specifically for women. It can help to regulate hormones and even stimulate milk production if you are struggling with consistent breastfeeding.

Blood Pressure

With a small amount of potassium and other key minerals, these leaves are able to stabilize your blood pressure and reduce your risk of cardiovascular complications.

Fertility

By increasing circulation in the body and regulating reproductive hormonal health, consuming these supplements or drinking tea made from these leaves can increase fertility and sex drive.

Implantation

Studies have found that prior to pregnancy, consuming red raspberry leaves can increase the likelihood of implantation, and protect the early womb as your baby begins to develop.

Side Effects of Red Raspberry Leaves

While there are very important benefits, particularly for women, through the use of these leaves, there are also some side effects to consider, such as the following:

  • Gastrointestinal problems, laxative effects, stomach upset
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Nausea
  • Stimulate menstruation
  • Higher risk of premature labor or miscarriage
  • Asthma
  • Drowsiness
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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