6 Reasons to Love Cranberries & 10 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas
We are starting to hit our stride here at the Green Diva Studio with these fun and whacky Holly Daze! From foodie ideas to easy DIY projects, and our silly video gift guide series, we are busy green divas this month! Please listen to this week‘s whole Green Divas Radio Show podcast to have some fun and get some ideas for making this holiday healthy, green and festive.
In the later part of the show, we talked about some of our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas for green divas. Remember a couple of weeks ago in part 1 when we focused on what to get our green dudes? Enjoy part 2 of the video series AND please read the associated post with all the details on the 10 eco-friendly gift ideas we talk about in the video.
This is part of a wonderful Green Divas Foodie-Phile post that GD Gina did this week all about cranberries.
1. Cranberries are full of antioxidants
Antioxidants help us stay healthy during cold season. They also protects cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. The National Institutes of Health is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.
2. Drinking Cranberry Juice Can Block Urinary infections
Cranberry juice is known to cling to bacteria that attempts to grab on to cell walls. While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that it works.
3. Cranberry Mouthwash Is Being Developed to Prevent Tooth Decay
A compound discovered in cranberries, proanthocyanidine, prevents plaque formation on teeth and so mouthwashes containing it are being developed to prevent periodontal disease.
4. H. Pylori Bacteria Can Be Warded Off With Cranberries.
In some people, regular cranberry juice consumption for months can kill the H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.
5. Drink Cranberry Juice to Lower Bad Cholesterol
Preliminary research is showing that if one drinks cranberry juice every day, it is possible to increase levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, and reduce levels of LDL, known as bad cholesterol.
6. Cranberries Could Potentially Slow Down Tumor Growth
Cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place.Extracts of chemicals in cranberries prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube, but whether that would work in women is unknown.
To find out more about the history and nutritional value of cranberries AND get a DELICIOUS recipe for cranberry muffins, please visit the original post on TheGreenDivas.com.
Also, for even more cranberry talk, listen to this short but sweet Green Divas Foodie-Phile podcast!