Cranberry Health Benefits

If you have ever seen a cranberry you cannot help but admire its striking beauty.

Cranberries, which are vibrant in colour are a powerful anti-oxidant, full of food health nutrition and health- giving properties. The fruit (berries) are extensively farmed particularly in northern United States and Canada. The berries have long been used for medicinal and ceremonial purposes by native people of some countries in which they grow.

Today, these humble berries have wide culnary uses. We're all familiar with cranberries in one form or another. Some of the most common uses being cranberry juice, relish, sauce, pie, chutney etc., There are even supplements such as cranberry tablets, dried cranberry or health food products that contain cranberry extract.

Cranberries' Health Benefits And Womens Health

Apart from the contributions to our healthy eating diet, the health benefits of cranberries are numerous. These fruit are packed with food health vitamins and health-ful compounds that are known to ward off certain health conditions and chronic diseases.

We're all aware that fresh fruit and vegetables contain an abundant source of disease-fighting antioxidant, making them some of the best foods for maintaining our health. Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and especially cranberries, contain significantly greater amounts of anti- oxidants, which protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Healthy cells means healthy supple, radiant skin, which contribute to our womens health & beauty.

When it comes to general health - womens health issues and our beauty health foods, Cran berry is one of the most beneficial fruit we can consume. This health-ful fruit as we all know, is excellent for maintaining urinary tract health. Hence, many women drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat urinary infections. Apparently, cranberry juice prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract lining.

It is recommended by The National Kidney Foundation, that drinking at least one large glass of berry juice a day will help maintain urinary tract health. It has also been found that the berry's bacteria-prevention compounds help protect your teeth in much the same way by reducing the build up of dental plaque.

With such an excellent and widely available health & beauty food, isn't it time you got your fair share of cranberry pie, relish or chutney?

Research Findings On The Health Benefit Of Cranberries

Scientific research is increasingly showing the many health benefits of cranberries in relationship to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, viral infections and many more. Other preliminary research shows that cranberries may help in the following ways:

  • Drinking a glass of juice may increase HDL levels (good cholesterol), while helping to reduce cholesterol LDL (bad cholesterol)

  • According to another study, a further possible health benefit of cranberries is that it may either slow the rapid growth of tumors or halt the start of their growth

  • Other research studies have shown that compounds in cranberries stop certain disease-causing bacteria from adhering to the lining of the stomach, which can help to prevent ulcers

    Cranberry extracts are said to have prevented breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube. There is yet to be conclusive evidence that this would work for women with breast cancer

  • Last, but by no means least, a link has been established between cranberries and anti-aging. Preliminary research findings into cranberries' ability to protect brain cells against free radical damage, has found that the fruit can help protect against neurological damage and diseases; loss of memory and co-ordination, often associated with the aging process

  • In a study that looked into the health benefits of the most commonly eaten fruit, cranberries were found to contain abundantly more phenols than any of the other fruit studied. Phenols are powerful antioxidants that are found in fruit and vegetables).

    The Researchers believe that flavonoids (which are compounds of phenol) and are found in foods such as red wine, dark chocolate and cranberries, have a useful function in helping to reduce cardiovascular disease.

    Learn about another incredible berry - Miracle Fruit

    "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, and in the cause and prevention of disease" (T A Edison )

    The information on this site is purely of educational value and is not intended to replace your seeking medical advice. You must consult your doctor over all your health concerns.

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