10 Health Benefits of Blackberries (w/ Easy Recipes)

Updated in December 2023

One of the health benefits of blackberries is that they contains antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds, which means they can be used as a compliment to the medical treatment of gingivitis, sore throat and mouth ulcers. 

This fruit is also rich in flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic acids, which can help to treat and prevent illnesses like diabetes, heart attacks, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

Blackberries can be purchased at grocery sores, farmer’s markets and natural health products. They can be eaten naturally in their fruit form, or used in desserts and juices. Blackberry leaves, roots and stalks can be used to prepare teas and even wound dressings. 

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Health benefits

Health benefits that blackberries can offer include: 

1. Promoting weight loss

Blackberries have a low glycemic index due to their high quantities of fiber. They help to keep you full and decrease your hunger between meals, which may facilitate weight loss. Check out other fruits for weight loss that are low calorie options to include in your daily diet. 

2. Preventing cardiovascular disease

Blackberry fruits and leaves are rich in phenolic acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, and bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. All of these compounds can contribute to blood vessel health and prevent illnesses like heart attacks and high blood pressure. 

Blackberries also contain antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of fat cells, which help to regulate "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels. This can help to prevent atherosclerosis and stroke. 

3. Preventing diabetes

Because it has high fiber content, blackberries have a low glycemic index. This helps to regulate blood sugar levels, which can prevent insulin resistance and diabetes. Check out other high fiber fruits that you can include in your daily diet. 

4. Preventing early aging 

Blackberries are rich in flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic acids, as well as bioactive compounds. These components work to fight free radicals associated with skin damage, flaccidity and wrinkles. 

5. Helping with diarrhea recovery 

Blackberries, particularly their leaves, contain flavonoids, tannins, saponins, glycosides and bioactive compounds with anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. These can relieve intestinal inflammation, which can help speed-up diarrhea recovery. Learn more about about other foods to eat when recovering from diarrhea and how to prepare them. 

6. Combating constipation

Blackberries have high quantities of soluble and insoluble fibers, which add bulk to the stool and improve natural intestinal movements. These factors can contribute to the prevention and treatment of constipation. See other naturally laxative foods that you can eat to manage constipation. 

7. Preventing cancer

Blackberry fruit and leaves may help to prevent cancer as they contain antioxidants that fight the free radicals that damage healthy cells. Blackberries can help to prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells.

Furthermore, blackberries can help to strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of certain types of cancer (like esophageal, uterine and breast cancer).

8. Helping to treat infections

Blackberries contain high levels of compounds with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, like anthocyanins, tannins and carotenoids. These help to strengthen the immune system and help to prevent and treat infections like sore throats, canker sores and gingivitis. 

9. Maintaining optimal eye health 

Blackberries help to maintain eye health as they are a natural source of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are carotenoids that help protect the eyes from UV rays and blue light emitted from cellphones and computers. This type of damaging light can lead to macular degeneration, an eye disease that leads to progressive vision loss. 

10. Preventing osteoporosis 

Blackberries help to prevent osteoporosis due to their great quantities of vitamin K. This vitamin is necessary for the absorption of calcium into the bones, and is essential for optimal bone health in adults.

Nutritional information

The following table outlines the nutritional information in 100 g of blackberries (which equals to about 25 small blackberries):


25 small blackberries (about 100 g) 


43 calories


4.5 g


1.4 g


0.5 g 


4.6 g

Vitamin A (retinol)

11 mcg

Lutein and zeaxanthin 118 mcg


128 mcg

Vitamin C

21 mg

Vitamin K

19.8 mcg

Folic acid

25 mcg


29 mg


22 mg


162 mg

To obtain all health benefits of blackberries, it is important to incorporate them into a healthy active lifestyle with a varied diet. 

How to eat 

Blackberries can be consumed in their natural state, added to yogurts and oatmeal, or used to make desserts, sauces and juices. 

Blackberry leaves, roots and stalks can be used to make teas to treat diarrhea or infusions to treat wounds. 

  • Blackberry leaf tea: add 1 teaspoon of blackberry leaves to 1 cup of hot water. Cover and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Once cool, strain and drink up to 3 cups per day. 
  • Blackberry wound dressing: add 6 fresh blackberry leaves to a pot with 2 tablespoons of water. Heat at a low temperature, until the water evaporates. Smash the leaves and place them on a clean gauze. Place the gauze over the wound, ensuring that the leaves are not too hot. Once the gauze has fully cooled down on the wound, repeat the process and place a new dressing, for a total of 3 times. 

In addition to blackberry leaf tea, it is also possible to make a concoction with blackberry roots to relieve tooth pain, gingivitis or canker sores. Just place 40 go f blackberry rots and 500 ml of water in a pot and boil for 15 minutes. Wait for it to cool, strain and gargle the infusion.

Healthy blackberry recipes 

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Some healthy and delicious recipes that use blackberries are: 

1. Frozen berry smoothie


  • ½ a cup of frozen blackberries
  • ½ a cup of frozen strawberries 
  • 1 small frozen bananas
  • 1 serving (170 g) of natural yogurt  (170g)

How to prepare:

Dice the bananas and place all the ingredients in a blender. Mix until you reach your desired consistency. 

2. Blackberry juice


  • 100 g of fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • Ice cubes (optional)

How to prepare:

Wash the blackberries and place in a blender. Add the water and ice, and mix for 3 minutes. Then transfer to a cup and serve. 

3. Blackberry and raspberry jelly


  • 500 g of fresh blackberries
  • 500 g of fresh raspberries 
  • 500 g of coconut sugars 

How to prepare:

Wash and dry the berries. Place all the ingredients in a pot and cook on low heat, making sure to keep stirring until the sugar melts. Once it starts to bubble, lower the heat and allow to cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. When the mixture reaches a jelly consistency, remove from heat. Allow to cool and then transfer to a container with a lid. This jelly can be stored in a refrigerator.

Side effects and contraindications

Blackberries should be consumed in moderation, as large quantities can lead to diarrhea. 

Blackberry leaves, roots or stalks should not be consumed by children, and should be avoided during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.