Just the name brings up images of ripe red berries coming from North American and Canadian states. Although it is used for various products such as a juice, sauce and sweetened dried cranberries, it is also enjoyed as fresh produce. It’s an amazing fruit that has enjoyed a long and distinguished history since natives often used it for food, medicine and ceremonial purposes. Let’s not forget that it’s also an indispensable part of American Thanksgiving.
They’re right about that. Cranberries have plenty of medicinal benefits. There are scientific research studies that reveal how healthy cranberries can be. It’s packed with nutrients like antioxidants and other natural compounds. It is also known that cranberry juice consumption can fight bacterial infections in the urinary system. Though it’s promising, it isn’t completely proven that long-term cranberry juice consumption can reduce urinary tract infection. Another benefit is that it can also reduce stress because of its relaxing effect.
Did you know that there is also a growing evidence that cranberries has anti-cancer benefits? Since cranberries are so rich in phytochemicals, blessed with a particularly high content of flavonoids and phenolic acids, it accounts for the humble cranberry’s higher quality and quantity of antioxidants. It’s also observed to show anti-tumor activities. The cranberry’s distinct collection of flavonoid compounds, the formidable anti-oxidants, are also linked to potential anti-cancer properties. The evidence is compelling, especially for those who want to reduce their risk for cancer.
What’s even more surprising is that the peel of the cranberry fruit contains a rather substantial amount of ursolic acid that is also known for its anti-cancer function. Think of that. Just the peel is enough to push you towards including it in your daily diet.
Cranberries are available as fresh fruits, juice, sauce and dried cranberries. They are also used to create “cranberry juice cocktail” or blended with other fruit juices. A popular cocktail, Cosmopolitan, is also made of cranberry juice. However, if you simply want to enjoy it as a juice drink, it is available in your nearest grocery store. If you would like to get fresh fruits, they’re available from September to December. Fresh cranberries can also be frozen at home and they last for nine months without needing thawing.
It is highly advisable to include cranberries into your diet to enjoy the full effect of its miraculous antioxidant properties. (Relax, there’s no need to wait until Thanksgiving!)