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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cranberries- The Super Fruit

The benefits of cranberries are numerous.  And it really doesn’t matter what form they come in.  Whether they are in fresh fruit form, juice, tablet, caplet or capsule it really doesn’t matter.  And the really neat thing about cranberries is that they are great as dried snacks and in juice form.  The list of benefits attributed to this fantastic fruit are far too numerous to mention in the span of this article but we will give an overview of the more important one.

For one, they are very low in calories, something like 40-50 calories per 100 grams.  Cranberries are also chock-full of anti-aging as well as antioxidant properties referred to as anthopolyphenols.  Antioxidants are very important because they are very effective in fighting off certain illnesses along with heart disease and issues with blood pressure.  And cranberry juice is also the number one natural weapon recommended to combat urinary tract infections.
Cranberries are also loaded with natural Vitamin C, which is proven to be effective in boosting ones immune system.  Vitamin C is also helpful in the formation of collagen and it helps to promote dental health in the form of protecting the gums.  Not to mention the tannins present in them that are potent as anti-clotting agents. 
In addition to Vitamin C, cranberries are also high in mineral content as well.  Potassium, phosphorous, sodium, manganese, magnesium and calcium among them.  Many people, including some in the medical industry refer to cranberries as the ultimate fruit.  They are even often used to preserve certain foods.  They are also known to act as anti-inflammatory agents.  Centuries ago Native Americans also utilized them as poultices which they applied to wounds.
Cranberries are high in lycopene, a potent weapon in the battle against prostate cancer.  They have amino acids.  Practitioners of homeopathic medicine use cranberries to treat abdominal problems as well as blood and liver ones.  And due to their ability to help open up bronchial tubes, they are also helpful to those suffering from asthma.  And of course they are also effective in battling one of the most painful of all ailments – kidney stones.
See what we told you.  There are many more benefits associated with cranberries than we could possibly cover here.  But we do think one message is abundantly clear.  You need to have cranberries as part of your daily regimen.  Regardless of what form you decide to have them in, just make sure you are reaping the wonderful benefits of this ultimate fruit.



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