The cranberry is a small, red fruit that grows in clusters on vines. It is native to North America, though it grows across a wide range of climatic conditions, ranging from frigid to tropical.
Best known for their juice, cranberries are also eaten fresh, dried, or frozen. They are renowned for some unique benefits up to this day and have a lot to offer.
What Nutrients Do Cranberries Have?
Vitamins: cranberries are a good source of vitamins C and E, and K1
Minerals: cranberries are a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, and manganese.
Phytonutrients: cranberries contain flavonols, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanins. In particular, the presence of A-Type proanthocyanins makes cranberries a veritable super fruit.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Cranberries?
Urinary Health: the most noteworthy benefit of organic cranberry consumption has to be its protective action on the urinary tract. The A-type proanthocyanins mentioned above help prevent E.Coli, the primary causative bacteria of UTIs, from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract and bladder. Hence, why it is often employed as a natural remedy for such infections.
Promotes Oral Health: regular consumption of cranberries whole or in juice form (without added sugar) can reduce the presence of bacteria which contribute to tooth decay by as much as 95%.
Reduces Cancer Risk: cranberries are a good source of antioxidants, which help to scavenge harmful free radicals and reduce inflammation. Both of these are linked to cancer development. Cranberry antioxidants have also been found to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells in vitro.
Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease: cranberries are high in polyphenols, which help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Potassium and Vitamin C also help with blood pressure modulation and vessel integrity.
Aid In Weight Loss: cranberries are low in calories, as well as high in fiber and water. This helps to fill you up and reduce calorie intake, aiding in weight loss over time.
Strengthen The Immune System: cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. The antioxidants in cranberries also help to fight oxidative damage and improve structural cell health.