Large cranberries are loaded with vitamic C and fiber, rich in phyto-nutrients which are essential for
all-round wellness. Use cranberries in stuffing, sauces, juices, smoothies,
salads, oatmeal cookies or muffins.
Health benefits of cranberries:
Prevent urinary tract infections
Cranberry juice is probably most well-known for its
management of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries contain compounds
known as proanthocyanidins,
have natural antibacterial benefits and may help prevent the bacteria Escherichia coli from attaching to the inner surface of the bladder and
urinary tract, causing an infection.
Support heart health
A number of human studies support regular consumption of the
juice or an extract of the berry to be beneficial for heart health, reducing a
number of the key risk factors for heart disease. These include improving
cholesterol balance, lowering blood pressure and reducing a compound called
homocysteine, which is known to damage the lining of the blood vessels.
Protect against gastric ulcer and stomach cancer
Cranberries contain a plant compound that may reduce the
risk of gastric ulcers and stomach cancer caused by the bacterium Helicobacter
pylori. Consuming cranberry products, which are naturally rich in this compound
(known as A-type pro-anthocyanidins), appears to suppress the growth of the
bacteria and as a result reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Protect against certain cancers
Cranberries are one of the best food sources of ursolic
acid, a plant compound with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and potential
anti-cancer effects. It has been seen to be particularly useful in prostate