Are you completely aware of the real benefits of cranberries? The good news is this little berry is quite healthy.
Cranberries are generally harvested in the autumn when the fruit achieves the classic deep, red pigment. White cranberry juice is made from cranberries that are harvested after maturity, but before they become deep, red.
Here is some history on this little berry. The cranberry was first called “crane berry” by European settlers in North America, because the vine resembled the head, bill and neck of a crane. The berry eventually became knows as the “cranberry” and has been known to contain a number of important nutrients, including:
- anthocyanins – responsible for the deep red colour of the cranberry
- proanthocyanins – this antioxidant is effective in maintaining the overall health of the urinary tract
- quercetin – a beneficial flavonoid that aids in urinary tract health
The Journal of the American Medical Association announced a study, which showed that the phytochemicals in cranberries are beneficial and it was confirmed by another study published in the British Medical Journal.
The Canadian Journal of Urology published their research showing that frequent consumption of fresh cranberry juice was associated with maintaining proper urinary tract health.
The cranberry is also known for numerous other health benefits, including:
- promotes of healthy gums and teeth
- promotes a healthy stomach
- promotes cognitive thinking by protecting the brain cells
from free radical damage
- protection of overall heart health by inhibiting LDL cholesterol oxidation
There are some fantastic products on the market today containing cranberry extract. Research indicates that one should consume 1,000 mg a day for optimal benefits, which is equivalent to 10 oz of pure, undiluted cranberry juice. Taking a cranberry supplement can be very affordable and convenient, without all the sugar! Be aware that not all supplements are created equally. Many of the products on the shelves contain fillers and aren’t as effective.
If you’re interested in finding out how to purchase a cranberry supplement that I believe is superior to what is sold at the local markets, feel free to contact me. You’ll save some money and be so thankful to have found a product that actually does what it is supposed to do.