Cranberries are closely related to blueberries. They are bright red and very tart. They still grow wild in North America as well as in Europe and Northern Asia. They have always been used to treat Urinary Tract Infections but it’s only recently that researchers know why they help. It’s the same reason cranberries are heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, and can help treat and prevent cancer. The answer is the combination of antioxidant phytonutrients. The All Star line up of antioxidants contain a huge variety of health benefits. The more research is done of this little berry, the more evidence that pours out.
- UTI Prevention
- Cancer Prevention
- Heart Healthy
Urinary Tract Infection– Cranberries have the reputation for curing and preventing UTI’s. It was once believed to be the acidity of the cranberry that helped prevent UTI’s, but recently researchers found it to be the proanthocyanidins (PAC’s). Proanthocyanidins have a unique ability to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract lining. Cranberries have unusually high amounts of PAC’s and are particularly effective with recurrent UTI’s.
Antioxidant– Cranberries have a long list of antioxidant phytonutrients, but it’s the concentration of phenolic, proanthocyanidin, anthocyanin, flavonoid, and triterpenoid antioxidants that do the “heavy lifting” of nutritive care. The combination of these very potent antioxidants act synergistically to provide maximal health benefits. These nutrients are present in ideal concentrations in raw cranberries and the more you process them the less effective they are. The antioxidant levels of cranberries are at the top of the fruits tested by scientist.
Cancer Prevention– The antioxidants mentioned above have a direct effect on cancer. Research has shown that antioxidants can inhibit cancer cells and prevent tumor growth. The most significant gains have been in cases of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer. The key to preventing cancer is getting enough antioxidants and reducing cancer causing toxins. Eating right is step one.
Heart Healthy– Vascular health has everything to do with inflammation. If your body does not have adequate antioxidants it develops a hardening of the arteries. When you lose the elasticity of your veins and arteries you are at risk for heart attack. Eating cranberries can supply your body with much-needed antioxidants that reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Cranberries are without a doubt a part of a heart healthy diet.
Anti-Inflammatory– Cranberries have a powerful line up of antioxidants. Concentrations of antioxidants are key to reducing inflammation. Most chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, and especially immune diseases are due to increased inflammation. A vital key to maintaining a healthy body is to decrease inflammation with antioxidants. Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and therefore a great source of anti-inflammatories.
Did You know?
The health benefits of cranberries can also aid in a variety of other ailments. They have been shown to help mouth and gum diseases, stomach ulcers, and a variety of digestive tract problems.