Top 10 health benefits of cranberries

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Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C and vitamin E that can fight against oxidative stress and damage of free radicals. Cranberries are powerful anti-inflammatory and a great source of vitamin K, manganese and phytonutrients that can fight against diseases and cancer.

If you usually buy dried cranberries at the grocery store, make sure that they are free of sugar and other additives. Cranberries usually become available around the month of October and it is the best to freeze fresh cranberries and use them all around the year.

Here are the top 10 benefits of cranberries:

1. Fighting against bacterial infections such as peptic ulcers and treating urinary tract infections - superior to the drug trimethoprim

Cranberries are a great source of anti-inflammatory proanthocyanidin and can be very effective against fighting bacterial infections, including H. pylori bacteria which attack the lining of your stomach. Studies have shown that cranberry can prevent urinary tract infections in women. Other studies have also shown that eating cranberries can prevent adhesion of Escherichia coli.

Researchers suggest that cranberry juice reduces bacteriuria and pyuria in elderly women. According to researchers, cranberry is even superior to the drug trimethoprim for prevention of urinary tract infections in older women.

‘Trimethoprim had a very limited advantage over cranberry extract in the prevention of recurrent UTIs in older women and had more adverse effects. Our findings will allow older women with recurrent UTIs to weigh up with their clinicians the inherent attractions of a cheap, natural product like cranberry extract whose use does not carry the risk of antimicrobial resistance or super-infection with Clostridium difficile or fungi’ suggests the leading author of the study Dr McMurdo.

2. Improving diabetes and cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure

According to researchers, cranberry juice lowers cardiometabolic risk, including blood pressure and circulating C-reactive protein, triglyceride, and glucose concentrations in adults. The flavonoids in cranberries could also lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart issues such as atherosclerosis.

3. Fighting cancer cells and boosting the immune system

Research shows that Cranberry extracts are a powerful source of antioxidants and can fight against liver, breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and oral cancer. The antioxidants and high dosage of vitamin C in cranberries could also boost the immune system and fight against common cold and flu. 

4. Improving oral/dental health

According to researchers, cranberries can improve oral care and prevent dental issues such as gingivitis, gum disease, cavities, and plaque buildup. The natural compound in cranberries known as polyphenols can fight against periodontitis and formation of plaque.

5. Helping digestion and improving inflammatory bowel disease

The antioxidants and fiber in cranberries can help to improve digestive issues. Researchers suggest the fiber in cranberries can help to prevent gastrointestinal diseases. According to researchers at University of Chile, ‘a regular 6.8oz. serving of 25% cranberry juice is as effective as the probiotic in suppressing growth of H. pylori among asymptomatic children’.

6. Fighting aging and improving the condition of skin and hair

The powerful antioxidants in cranberries can fight against aging and protect the skin against acne and boils. The high dosage of Vitamin A and Vitamin C in cranberries can help to prevent hair loss and can promote the growth of new hair. The anti-fungal and anti-septic properties in cranberries could also improve scalp and get rid of dandruff.  

7. Boosting metabolism and promoting weight loss

The fiber in cranberries can help to boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. Keep in mind that dried cranberries are usually filled with sugar and preservatives that you should avoid.

8. Improving kidney health and preventing kidney stone

The nutrients in cranberries such as citric acid can help to improve kidney and bladder health and prevent kidney stone.

9. Improving bone health and fighting osteoporosis

The nutrients in cranberries can improve the bone density and help to fight bone decay and osteoporosis. The high source of vitamin K in cranberries can help to regulate calcium absorption in the bones and prevent bone fractures.

10. Improving sexual health

Cranberries are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and can improve sexual potency and vitality and help to boost reproduction system.

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