Cranberries, the guilt free super food of the festive season. As far as healthy food go, they top the list due to their high nutritional and antioxidant content. Here we list the many health benefits of cranberries, so serve with your turkey, in your stuffing and add to your puddings and drinks, but most of all, enjoy.
GREAT FOR DIGESTION!
Being a fruit cranberries are high in fiber and one of the healthiest berries around thanks to their high vitamin C and antioxidant content. Dried
cranberries are super rich in fiber, which is eliminated once juiced. Rich in antioxidants they also help to reduce inflammation. This can potentially help with rheumatoid arthritis, stomach and digestive disorders!
PROTECT THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND LIVER
Again due to the very high antioxidant content of cranberries, you can improve the function of your heart, lungs, circulatory system, and liver! Both dried and fresh cranberries are packed with antioxidants. Eating more cranberries is a great way to get the antioxidants needed for healthy cardiovascular function, as well as detoxifying your liver!
It can benefit our dental health, by helping prevent bacteria from sticking to our teeth. It also helps to reduce inflammation in and around gums, which in turn prevents the risk of gum disease.
PROTECTS AGAINST CANCER
Not only can the cranberries help to reduce the swelling that may lead to cancer, but it can block a wide range of enzymes that contribute to the formation, growth, and spread of cancer cells. Cranberries are known to protect your body from a number of cancers, such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. It can prevent the cancer cells from triggering cellular death, which is part of what turns the cells in your body cancerous. The result: a healthier you with a much lower risk of carcinogens turning dangerous!
BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Vitamin C is needed for a healthy immune system and cranberries are one of the best natural sources of Vitamin C.
PREVENTS AND TREAT UTI’S
Cranberries have long been used as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (UTIs) Their high levels of antioxidents called proanthocyanidins help reduce bacteria from adhering to urinary tract walls, preventing them from causing infections.
THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY CRANBERRIES
Fresh of course! – A healthy fruit to enjoy as they come. They can also be frozen.
In a smoothie – Low in calories, try blitzing a handful of cranberries with raspberries & strawberries, greek yogurt and almond milk – delicious.
Cranberry Compote – Cook down to make a delicious compote, the perfect accompianment to your Christmas Turkey.
Lolly Pops – Blend cranberries with greek yogurt, add some mint, lime or ginger and freeze into moulds.
Ice Cubes – Freeze fresh cranberries into ice cube trays and add to your festive drinks or cocktails.