Saturday Fare

Goodness of Cranberries

Cranberries are evergreen shrubs native to Britain and North America, owe their superpowers to the presence of flavonoids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, organic acids, and polyphenolic compounds, along with high amounts of vitamin C and dietary fiber and has an excellent use in treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). There is an array of other benefits of Cranberries:

1. Boost Immunity
It boosts the activity as well as the number of certain types of immune system cells like B-cells, NK-cells, etc. along with specific enzymes that are involved in defense mechanisms.

2. Give You Glowing Skin
Cranberries have around 98% water, 24% vitamin C, and really high levels of antioxidants, it works as a helpful food for glowing skin.

3. Protect The Cardiovascular System
By lowering LDL and associated triglyceride levels in the blood, cranberries keep heart attacks and cardiac arrests at bay. The anti-inflammatory compounds present in them help in regulating blood pressure by providing relaxation to the blood vessels.

4. Treat Oral Infections
Cranberries have anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce the formation of biofilms on the teeth and gums, which could cause tooth infections and tooth decay in many ways.

5. Lower Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
If taken in the right quantities it can stimulate the production of good cholesterol (HDL), protecting you from heart attack, diabetes, and obesity.

6. Prevents Cancer
A 2016 research claims that including cranberries in your diet protects you against 17 different cancers. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidative polyphenols stop cancer cell proliferation and metastasis and inhibit tumor formation and growth.

7. Reduce Infection Possibilities in a Pregnant Woman
Similar to fighting UTIs, cranberries have active components that reduce the probability of bacterial infections that may occur during pregnancy.

8. Improve Gut Health
The pigments (proanthocyanidins) in cranberries save the gut from harmful microbes and also repair the inner cell lining of the gut and cure stomach ulcers and regular wear-and-tear.