Cranberries are such a versatile fruit. They can be eaten fresh, made into juice, used in main dishes, desserts, and salads, and even used as baby food. Additionally, they have many verified health benefits. Cranberries are truly amazing!
The ideal method for receiving all of the health benefits that cranberries offer is to eat them whole, make your own juice at home, or purchase 100% pure cranberry juice. Eating raw cranberries is at the top of the list, because you get the phytonutrients found in the cranberry’s skin.
Scientific studies have shown that consumption of berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.
The compounds found in cranberries are capable of both slowing the growth of cancerous cells and even of killing them. Studies completed have been particularly relevant to cancers of the colon and lung, and leukemia. Liver and breast cancer cells were also challenged by cranberry antioxidant compounds.
Additionally, these antioxidant compounds may prevent cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels. Furthermore, these compounds help the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood.
Research studies show that cranberry juice consumption offers protection against gram-negative bacterial infections such as E. coli in the urinary system by inhibiting bacterial-attachment to the bladder and urethra. Related to this is the fact that consumption of cranberries turns urine acidic. This, together with the bacterial anti-adhesion property of cranberry juice helps prevent the formation of alkaline (calcium ammonium phosphate) stones in the urinary tract by working against proteus bacterial-infections.
Cranberries improve dental health by preventing plaque formation on the tooth surface by interfering with the ability of another gram-negative bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, to stick to the surface. This prevention of the development of cavities is similar to the action that prevents urinary tract infections. Try swishing some of that cranberry juice you are drinking around in your mouth before swallowing.
Cranberries are also are known for:
- Preventing certain cancer cells (breast, prostate, colon, and lung) from multiplying.
- Preventing kidney and bladder problems.
- Helping promote weight loss by flushing the system out and improving metabolism.
- Having anti-aging properties – rid the system of free radicals that increase the aging process.
- Helping relieve stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Helping improve memory.
- Strengthening the immune system by flushing out toxins which can weaken the immune system.
- Helping fight off skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and acne.
- Preventing ulcers which are linked to stomach cancer and acid reflux disease.