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The Health Benefits of Cranberries

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The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are also called “bounceberries” because they bounce when ripe.

Only three fruits the blueberry, the Concord grape and the cranberry (all powerfoods) can trace their roots to North American soil. The cranberry is versatile. They are commonly consumed during Thanksgiving and Christmas but can, and should, be used every day.

Did you know?

  • Sex and the City made the red juice of cranberries popular in the 90s with their favorite cranberry cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.
  • The estimated value of cranberries grown in the United States is several hundred million dollars.
  • Native Americans treated a variety of illnesses, including bladder infections, with cranberry preparations.

Nutritional Tips:

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.

Benefits of the Cranberry:

  • Cranberries are a rich source of the flavonoid quercetin which can inhibit the development of both breast and colon cancers.
  • Preliminary studies show that drinking cranberry juice is good for the health of the heart.
  • Research indicates that cranberries are an excellent source of antioxidants which may protect against cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
  • Found to decrease production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Also found to reduce the bacteria associated with peptic stomach ulcers.
  • In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract.
  • Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).
  • Evidence on how cranberry juice fights bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

But…The health benefits of cranberries are almost totally depleted when generous amounts of sugar is added. Thus the cranberry cannot provide you with its full phytonutrient benefits when there has been lots of sugar added.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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9:10AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

good to know

2:09AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Brenda T,there is nothing wrong with dried cranberries. Many health food stores sell them and they are not filled with parasites.

2:07AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Looks wonderful, cranberries are so beneficial in many ways.

11:32PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

ok, cranberry juice seems nice idea

8:08AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Brenda, no. They are full of parasite eggs.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Beware of the echinococcus! It's one of the most dangerous parasites!

8:02AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

I love cranberries

8:29PM PDT on May 15, 2012

I suffer from chronic bladder infections and before I discovered Lady Soma's Cranberry Supplements, I was at the doctor's office about every 3 months. I have been taking the Lady Soma Cranberry every day for about 6 months now and I have not had to go back to the doctor.

2:18PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

I'm allergic to raisins/grapes, so I use dried cranberries in their place and love them in salads.

Just be sure to buy organic ones!

2:15PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Are dried cranberries good?

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