Cranberry is an evergreen shrub that is native to North America. This shrub has dark green leaves and pink flowers. It bears dark red fruit that are tangy in taste and is oval in shape. Cranberries are super berries power-packed with anti-oxidants, vitamin C, B-6, and K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Consuming cranberries in form of ripe and fresh or dried fruit or as juice has many health benefits. There are many recipes that uses cranberry.
Skin benefits of Cranberry juice
Cranberries have 87% water content and therefore offers plethora of skin benefits.
- Anti-aging properties
Regular consumption of cranberry juice shields the cells against any damage caused due to environmental factors. Vitamins C, B3 and B5 controls the free radicals thereby curbing the formation of wrinkles, reduces the pigmentation and redness on the skin. The antioxidants slow the aging process.
- Tones the skin
Cranberry juice is an excellent toner as the enzymes present in this fruit exfoliates the skin and unclogs the sebaceous glands. Cranberry juice should be consumed by those with oily skin.
- Treats Acne
Cranberry is a rich source of resveratrol, an antioxidant. This antioxidant aids in reducing acne and pimples. You can make a mask using cranberry juice to brighten the skin and treat. Make a paste using cranberry juice and orange peel powder. To this add a bit of honey. Apply it on the face and neck and leave the same on for 15-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. It gives skin a lighter tone.
Softens and firms the skin
The amino acid that produces collagen in the body require vitamin C. Cranberry is an excellent source of this vitamin. Regular consumption of cranberry juice during harsh winters provides ample protection to the skin. Therefore the skin remains soft and supple even during winter season.