Important Health Benefits of Cranberry

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Cranberries have a lot to offer. Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are known for its tartness and its capability to intensify the taste of a wide array of dishes. Furthermore, cranberries are great for snacks too, as it is a great addition to trail mix.

Cranberries are grown in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada. Native American Indians have been enjoying preparing cranberries in ways identical to present traditions. In the 18th century, colonists exported the berries to different continents because cranberries were so abundant during those times. Cranberries usually reach their peak during October, just in time for holiday cooking.

These are not the only benefits cranberries have to offer; they can do our bodies good, too. Here are some of cranberries’ health benefits.

UTI & Gum Disease Treatment

Cranberry juice has been widely used for treating Urinary Tract Infections. It has been known to be effective because it hinders bacteria from attaching to the bladder and urethra. In addition, cranberry juice does the same for gum diseases. It inhibits Streptococcus mutans (gram-negative bacteria) from sticking to the surface of the teeth or gums.

Antioxidant

Cranberries contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that can impact our health in a lot of good ways. The antioxidants in cranberries can help prevent the occurrence of stroke and cardiovascular diseases. These antioxidants prevent toxins and discourages cholesterol from forming in the heart and blood vessels. In addition, cranberries have shown an amazing cancer-preventing benefit.

Fiber-Rich

Cranberries contain a generous amount of fiber. As a result, cranberries are able to provide 20% of the daily recommended value in every serving for maintaining a healthy system. In addition, in every serving of cranberries, it also provides 24% of the daily value of Vitamin C that the body needs. Also, cranberries are rich in the powerful kind of Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) which is maintained in the body.

Enhances Anticoagulant Effects

Since cranberries contain oxalic acid, it can enhance the anticoagulant capabilities of a number of medications. It is important to note though that people who are on Warfarin treatment, should limit their intake of these foods and beverages as it might cause profuse bleeding.

Notes: 

Fresh cranberries contain the most antioxidants and dried cranberries a close second. Moreover, bottled cranberry juice contain the least. You need to make sure when purchasing juice or juice cocktails that it’s 100% juice and not a “drink” which often includes added sugar.

Simple application of cranberry either via food or your skin can definitely go a long way. The importance of a skin care product’s content should never be taken for granted. It’s good to look for skincare products that contain cranberry for its anti-aging properties and other natural ingredients.

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