Benefits Of Cranberries
From food to medicine to making dyes for clothes, cranberries have a long standing history of being a versatile berry.
Can you remember the first time you encountered cranberry?
I’m willing to bet it may have had to do with Thanksgiving Dinner (anyone else find it oddly satisfying to see perfect “can lines” after dumping out the cranberry sauce? Mmmmm).
Well, these bold berries easily deserve a spotlight on your plate year round!
Not only do they have a high nutrient and antioxidant content, but they are also low in calories. Half a cup of cranberries has only 25 calories - a snacker’s DELIGHT!
Nutritional Profile Of Cranberries
These beautiful berries may be small… but they are certainly MIGHTY. Each one is full of:
Vitamin C - A powerful natural antioxidant that blocks damaging free radicals.
Vitamin E - A fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune functions. Helps prevent or delay free radicals that cause chronic disease.
Phytonutrients - And other elements such as vitamin K and manganese that help protect your body from harmful free radicals while offering inflammation-reducing and cancer-preventing properties.
Fiber - The high fiber content significantly lowers your risk of developing: gastrointestinal diseases, stroke, coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. It also improves insulin sensitivity, enhances weight loss and lowers blood and cholesterol levels.
Yes, yes and MORE YESSSSSSSS. Go, cranberries, go!
Now let’s dive a bit deeper into how cranberries can improve your health and wellness:
Health Benefits Of Cranberries
Improve Your Immune Function
Lower Your Risk Of Urinary Tract Infection
- Cranberries are full of vitamin C, which enhances your body’s resistance against infections and diseases
Prevent Certain Types Of Cancer
- Helps prevent the development of UTIs because they contain compounds that prevent E. coli from staying in your urinary tract
- Cranberry also contains salicylic acid and anthocyanins, which have inflammation-reducing and analgesic effects
Research found that women with recurrent UTIs had a 35 percent reduction in infections when they took cranberry over a year period
Give Your Oral Health A Boost
- Cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor progression
Have shown to have positive effects against breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and liver cancers
Lower Your Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
- Cranberries prevent bacteria from binding to your teeth, thanks to the same proanthocyanidins that help deter UTIs
- Helpful in preventing gum disease
- The polyphenols in cranberries help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Prevents platelet build-up while reducing your blood pressure (thanks to cranberries inflammation-reducing properties)
How to Eat MORE Cranberries
- Put a small handful of frozen cranberries in your favorite smoothie.
- Make a healthy homemade “Trail Mix” with raw nuts, seeds and dried cranberries.
- Toss cranberries into your salad for a boost of fresh flavor.
- Make muffins (or cookies!) - Chop up dried cranberries and add them to your go-to healthy muffin or cookie recipe.
- Boost Your Veggies: Toss dried cranberries into a bowl of your favorite roasted veggies to add a sweet and tangy touch
Do you have a creative way in which you use CRANBERRIES? Share with us below!
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