Cranberry Health Benefits

Cranberry Health Benefits

Cranberries are a great tasting berry, delicious in juices, as a dried fruit and fresh in a variety of recipes. Cranberries also have unique and amazing health benefits.

As you probably know, most health professionals believe that there is a clear association between a diet high in fruits and vegetables and a low risk of chronic disease. Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients, naturally derived from plant compounds. In particular, antioxidants — a group of extremely beneficial phytonutrients, are increasingly being shown to contribute to improving human health.

Cranberries are loaded with unique antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may protect against heart disease, cancer and variety of other diseases. A significant body of research has been completed that points to cranberries being a powerful addition to any diet.

Cranberries have also been shown to prevent or reduce urinary tract infections. The proanthocyanidins (PACS) in cranberries prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria, including E. coli to the urinary tract wall. Cranberries are the only fruit that contain these unique and powerful proanthocyanidins. The anti-adhesion properties of the cranberry may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.

To read more about the amazing health benefits of cranberries, the following health and nutrition research has been conducted on cranberries and cranberry products.

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