It’s cranberry season! I love fresh cranberries. When they go on sale at my grocery store I stock up, putting several bags in the freezer to enjoy in later months.
One of my new favorite ways to use fresh cranberries is in a juice.
This juice is a good balance of tart and sweet, and it gives store-bought cranberry juice cocktail a ginger kick to the curb.
Packed with polyphenols, cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of heart disease. It does this by reducing arterial stiffness, combating atherosclerosis.
Urinary Tract Health
It’s well known that cranberry juice helps prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs.) It does this by blocking adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract lining.
The phytonutrients in cranberries lower your risk of periodontal disease, and significantly inhibit pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.
Got a cold or suffering from the flu? Small studies have shown that cranberry intake can lower the frequency of cold and flu symptoms.
The cranberry contains a unique combination of antioxidants. This combination creates a synergy that provides a stronger health benefit.
With all of this antioxidant activity, it’s not surprising that cranberries appear to help prevent cancer, especially breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.
Cranberry may be able to help improve gut health by balancing the bacteria. One study showed that drinking 2 ounces a day over the course of 3 months increased the numbers of Bifidobacteria while maintaining other bacterial types.
With so much going for it, adding cranberries and cranberry juice to your diet seems like a delicious no-brainer.* Enjoy!
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*Persons on Warfarin should consult their health care provider.