Usually cranberries are associated with Thanksgiving feasts. On the occasion, it is made into sauces and drinks. Dried ones are included in desserts, stuffings as well as casseroles. The native American Indians relished cranberries prepared and sweetened with honey and maple syrup. Many varieties of this berry grow wild in Asia and Europe and are relished in these parts of the globe. For your information, the deep-rooted cranberries grow well in sandy bogs as the latter supply the ideal growing environment. The cranberry is part of the identical genus as the blueberry namely Vaccinium. Incidentally both berries are also part of the Ericaceae family. These berries are usually consumed in fresh, dried or frozen forms. Good quality cranberries are deep reddish as well as firm and bounce more compared to inferior ones. The fruit’s botanical name is Vaccinium Macrocarpon.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRANBERRIES
- Helps Cholesterol Patients
The antioxidant compounds present in these berries act against the formation of cholesterol plaque in the heart and blood vessels. Also, the former reduces LDL (the bad cholesterol) and boosts HDL (the good cholesterol) in the body.
- Prevents as well as alleviates urinary tract infections
The berry is a rich source of proanthocyanidins which prevents bacteria from binding to the bladder walls. The bacteria are blocked from proliferating in the bladder and flushed out from the body. The fruit also increases the acidity of the urine giving a hostile environment for the bacteria to exist.
- Prevents and treats various kinds of cancers
Cranberry is a good source of polyphenols which has anti-tumour properties. Scientific studies have determined that consuming this berry blocks the occurrence and proliferation of lung, colon, prostate as well as breast cancers.
- Have Anti-inflammatory properties
The berry effectively reduces inflammation which benefit disorders such as cardiovascular ailments, digestive issues as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Prevents Kidney Stones
The berry is highly acidic a property that effectively prevents the formation of kidney stones.
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