The Health Benefits of Cranberry
Cranberries, that are popularly used in thanksgiving celebrations, are full of health benefits owing to their nutrients and phytonutreints content. They belong to the genus Vaccinium and family Ericaceae. Their popularity is also attributed to their high antioxidant and low calorie content. According to historians, Native Americans used cranberries for food and medicinal purpose and also as dyes for clothes and blankets. Cranberries are popularly called “super food” and “bounceberries”.
Nutrient And Chemical Content in Cranberry
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- vitamin K
- pantothenic acid
Health Benefits of Cranberry
Protects against urinary tract infection
Cranberries are known to provide protection against urinary tract infections. They contain high amount of antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. The structure of proanthocyanidins that involves A-type linkages between their components acts as a barrier to bacteria that might otherwise latch on to the urinary tract lining.
Takes care of dental hea
Certain phytonutrients in cranberries prevents bacteria from sticking to our teeth. The anti-inflammatory effects of these phytonutrients can also help to reduce inflammation within our gums and the area surrounding it which helps to reduce our risk of periodontal disease.
Prevention from Ulcers
The types of stomach ulcers caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori are prevented by cranberries. They may help prevent this bacteria from attaching to the lining of the stomach.
Protect against cancer
According to researchers, cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor growth, and have shown positive effects against certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung, breast, and colon cancer.
Have anti inflammatory properties
Cranberries are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be beneficial in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, stomach and digestive disorders, and our cardiovascular system, particularly the lining of our vessel walls.
How to Use:
- In roasted form
- As ice cubes
- As sauce
- As salsa
People taking warfarin should consult their doctor before taking cranberry or cranberry juice.