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Christmas with Cranberries

Friday, November 22, 2013

Who else associates cranberries with Christmas?


Maybe it’s because of the use of cranberry sauce on the roasted turkey, the red colour or maybe the refreshing mix of cranberry juice with a dash of vodka or a cosmopolitan like in Sex and the City! 

There are loads of benefits to eating cranberries (and drinking cranberry juice) that we should all be reminded of. 

If you are looking for something packed with goodness, try cranberries. 

       

Why are they so good?

  • Prevents Urinary Tract Infections. It basically prevents bacteria from multiplying and attaching to the lining of the bladder, flushing it out of the system.
  • Cancer Fighter. Cranberries have anticarcinogenic properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells and lower the incidence of tumour development. 
  • Anti-Aging. Loaded with antioxidants it’s great for the skin and it also protects brain cells from damage, reducing the loss of motor and cognitive function.
  • Dental. Helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay by decreasing the amount of bacteria found in the mouth.
  • Improves Metabolism and Digestion. Due to the significant amount of antioxidants and enzymes it helps regulate the function of digestion and metabolism.
  • Prevents Ulcers. Helps prevent peptic ulcers by reducing the likeliness of bacteria from attaching to the gastric mucus in the stomach. 
  • Heart. Helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Boosts the Immune System. Because it fights against bacteria, flushing the system, it helps your body to fight off infection.
  • Prevents Kidney Stones. The high amount of acid helps to break down and prevent kidney stones.
  • Assist Weight Loss. Because cranberries flush bacteria out of the body and aid digestion and metabolism, this can assist in weight loss. 

Individuals who take warfarin should consult their doctor before including cranberries and cranberry juice into their diet, as there have been a small number of published cases where problems have been reported.

Eat cranberries as a ‘trail mix’ of nuts as a snack or in salads (watch the sugar content in dried cranberries) or if you prefer, as juice (without excess sugar added). 

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