Native to North America, cranberries serves not only as an exotic fruit but also as a medicinal fruit. Owing to its rich nutritional profile, it has a wide range of health benefits. The fruit is enriched with a wide category of health promoting phytonutrients and antioxidants such as phenolic acids, proanthocyanidins, anthocynanins, flavonoids and triterpenoids. Cranberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A,C and E, oxalic acids, and carbohydrates.
Here are a few reasons why you should be having cranberries more often:
1 . Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
-Cranberry juice, rich source of proanthocyanidins, possesses anti-clinging properties which prevents the bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder.
-It also prevents the multiplication of the bacteria and aids the flushing out of the bacteria. Studies suggest that cranberry juice has been found to prevent recurrent UTIs in pregnant and middle aged women.
2 . Promote Heart Health
-The flavonoids present in cranberries confer anti-oxidant property to the fruit and has been found to lower the risk of associated diseases.
-Flavonoids in cranberries has been found to delay and suppress the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and also stimulate the blood platelets.
3 . Prevent Oral Decay
-Cranberry is a rich source of phytonutrients and they prevent/ inhibit the harmful bacteria from clinging to the tooth, thereby preventing tooth cavities.
-Regular consumption of cranberries disrupt the pathogenic mechanism of dental caries and promotes dental health.
4 . Prevent Cancer
-Cranberries are a rich source of antioxidants that are anti-cancerous in nature. They help in reducing the risk of cancer and cancer mortality.
-They have been found to prevent the rapid growth of tumors. Studies suggest that they have been found to be beneficial in preventing colon and prostate cancer.
5 . Strengthen Bones
-Rich in calcium and essential vitamins and minerals, cranberries helps to strengthen the bones
-Studies suggest that cranberry juice has been found to reduce the risk of bone problems such as osteoporosis.
So, go ahead and all this amazing fruit to your daily fruit bowl and reap its countless benefits. Eat Happy, Stay Happy with 1mg!