Three Myths About Black Raspberry Capsules Demystified

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BerriHealth shows that only 1.5 black raspberries are included in one 300mg freeze-dried capsule not the two cups, or 160 berries claimed. The USDA considers 40 black raspberries to be one nutritional serving. This is the equivalent of quantity 27 - 300mg capsules, therefore rendering the "two capsules per day" recommended dose nutritionally ineffective.

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There is a huge misconception about taking freeze-dried black raspberries in capsule form. The USDA considers 40 black raspberries to be one nutritional serving; however there are only 1.5 black raspberries in one 300mg capsule.

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A recent segment on the Dr. Oz show about cancer-fighting supplements included black raspberry capsules. Black raspberries are a rare, very well researched, powerful and healthy berry, especially in relation to cancer prevention.

Dr. Oz and his team have done an excellent job researching and creating awareness about the proven health benefits of Oregon black raspberries. However, there is a huge misconception about taking freeze-dried black raspberries in capsule form and the effectiveness of taking one or two of those capsules per day. How many black raspberries are really in a 300mg capsule?

Myth #1:

The nutritional serving size for freeze-dried black raspberries is 600mg per day, or two capsules, which is "equal to 4 cups of black raspberries."

A guest on the Dr. Oz show, Dr. Lindsey Duncan, a naturopathic doctor and media personality, incorrectly stated Myth #1 during this segment. While he was correct in describing the benefits of anthocyanins, which color the black raspberries, he incorrectly stated that 4 cups of black raspberries is equal to two 300mg capsules of freeze-dried powder.

While the USDA considers 40 black raspberries to be one nutritional serving, the fact is that only one and one-half (1.5) black raspberries are inside one 300mg capsule.

According to Dr. Duncan, there are over 320 black raspberries (4 cups) in just 600mg of freeze-dried black raspberry powder. This is not possible. Typically, one freeze-dried black raspberry is equal to 200mg of freeze-dried berry powder.

Recently, some manufacturers have increased their capsule size to 400mg of black raspberry powder. However, this only adds half a berry to each capsule. Most manufacturers produce 30 capsules per bottle, which means consumers have to take about 2/3 of a bottle to get a single serving of fruit.

Myth #2:

Capsules are the most effective way to take black raspberries.

Dr. Gary Stoner, one of the leading researchers in black raspberries and cancer prevention research, explains in this video that black raspberry powder is the most effective when it comes in direct contact with epithelial cells. However, a capsule is completely enclosed so it does not contact the cells of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and the stomach. Encapsulating limits the effectiveness of the beneficial phytonutrients found in black raspberries.

There are two effective highly soluble alternatives: liquid black raspberry extract and freeze-dried fine powder. Black raspberry extract contains a nutritional amount in a delicious bioavailable liquid that comes in direct contact with the cells of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach. Taking black raspberries in the powdered freeze-dried form, when mixed with juice or water, provides bioavailability and also provides lots of beneficial fiber.

Myth #3:

Capsules are the simplest and least expensive form to take the required daily amount.

Not true. Minuscule amounts of black raspberry in a capsule not only makes it more difficult to get one serving, it is also highly impractical to take 20+ capsules a day just to get one USDA serving. Most importantly, capsules are more than six times as expensive as larger packages of the actual powder form. Please check out the price comparison chart.

What the Research Says:

While the small dosages found in capsules certainly won’t do any harm, there is currently no published research stating that a very small quantity of black raspberries for daily consumption does much good—particularly when encapsulated. To see how the freeze dried black raspberry powder and extract are used in clinical studies please go to: Recent News and Research

The Solution:

High-quality companies like BerriHealth, Sturm’s Berry Farm and Stokes Berry Farm have been growing and supplying freeze-dried black raspberries for clinical trials for years and have now made the same powder available for consumers. BerriHealth also has developed and extensively tested a black raspberry extract that contains the wide spectrum of beneficial phytonutrients found in black raspberries in an effective and easy-to-take form.

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About BerriHealth: BerriProducts LLC, located in the heart of Oregon, has been providing high-quality black raspberry products for clinical trials and direct to consumers through the web since 2009. Their carefully crafted relationships with select farmers allow them to use the highest quality berries in their freeze-dried black raspberry products. You can learn more about the company and the people involved, including Dr. Gary Stoner, who has been researching black raspberries and their effects for over 20 years, by visiting website. Please visit the blog Black Raspberry Buzz to learn more about black raspberries related to health and wellness.

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