Bokbunja, a Korean wild black raspberry, has for decades been widely consumed by local residents around the country. Its popularity has been increasing in recent years due to its supposed antioxidant, anticancer and beauty effects.
The market for bokbunja-based food and beverages has grown nearly five-fold in seven years to about 200 billion won last year, according to the Jebba Food & Beverages Corp. The fruit contains four times as many anthocyanins in grapes.
Abundantly concentrated as pigments in berries, anthocyanins are believed to have potential health effects against cancer, diabetes, inflammation, aging and neurological diseases, bacterial infections and fibrocystic diseases, studies indicate.
Bokbunja’s strong antioxidative power protects cells from the attack of active oxygen. The fruit could be antioxidative, reinvigorate libido, suppress cancer, reduce blood sugar levels and prevent high blood pressure.
Bokbunja has shown that it can be an effective natural medicine to treat cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Soon, there may be new drug development maximizing the effects of bokbunja.
An experiment using laboratory mice showed that black raspberries were effective in oral cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer. In addition, bokbunja can also lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases due to its ample alpha-linolenic acid and soluble fibers, which help reduce cholesterol and protect arterial functions.