It turns out it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving, and you don’t have to have a UTI to enjoy cranberries.
This little red fruit is definitely less popular than its cousin, the blueberry, but packs just as powerful a punch when it comes to nutrients.
Juice them, add them to your favorite baked goods, and sprinkle them on your salad, because cranberries are a super food that will make you feel like you are worthy of a cape.
Let’s look at five amazing ways cranberries aid and repair your body while preventing ailments before they even begin.
- Prevent superbugs
Antibiotics have been effective in killing harmful bacteria that threaten our life, but over time the bacteria learns to become resistant to the redundant medication – these are called superbugs.
In a revolutionary study done by McGill University in Canada, researchers discovered that cranberry extract “prevented resistance from developing,” reports Health.
Adding cranberry extract to your get-well regimen next time you contract a pesky bacteria won’t hurt, it may actually be just what was needed to conquer the invincible.
- Reduce inflammation
Berries all have ample antioxidant properties, and cranberries rank highest on the potency list right after blueberries.
What the super berry is less known for is its anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that consuming cranberries can reduce C-reactive protein levels, reports Health, which is a known blood marker for inflammation.
Eating your cranberries could ward off premature aging, chronic illness, and keep your mental capacities sharp for whatever surprises the day may bring.
- Increase flexibility
Now don’t chug a cranberry juice and try to do the splits because we don’t mean that type of flexibility.
The little tart berry helps improve artery flexibility. What does that mean? That means you have better blood flow.
Increased circulation gives you more energy, faster cognitive function, and lower blood pressure.
Who wouldn’t want to be faster and smarter?
- Protect against intruders
Many things try to intrude on our health, making us feel less than “super-human.” Adding cranberries to our daily diet fight many of the complications we can encounter.
“There’s evidence that cranberry juice protects heart health by reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol, triglycerides (blood fats), and insulin resistance.”
Better yet, some of the compounds in cranberries “slow the growth of tumors, including cancer cells of the breast, colon, lung, and prostate.”
- Fight for immunity
This time of year it is hard to stay healthy with all the germs flying around, especially if you have kids.
Cranberries are high in vitamin C, which supports your immunity and aids in skin and joint health by helping to make collagen.
The juice of cranberry is a famous home remedy for urinary tract infections, and that is because it prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.
You may not like the taste of cranberry juice and think that you have to miss out on all these amazing benefits, but you don’t!
There are many ways to cash in on these super powers. Unsweetened 100% juice is best, but you can mix it with another juice of your choice.
You can also add it to smoothies, oatmeal, or even your salad. Frozen cranberries and the extract are available if you would like to have more versatility with storage and use.
Don’t wait to pick up your secret to feeling great, and keeping it that way.
Please let us know how you like to eat your cranberries, and if you use them for an ailment in particular.