Cranberries are an incredibly diverse and very small fruit that offers big taste and even bigger health benefits. You will recognize a cranberry by its deep red color and its wonderfully sweet taste. Cranberries are grown worldwide and they are known by many to be one of the fruits they classify as a ‘super’ fruit. One of the best way to enjoy the taste and benefits of cranberries is by drinking the cranberry juice. Health benefits of cranberry juice are numerous. Let’s take a look at each one of these benefits a little bit closer.
Cranberry Juice is Nutrient Rich
These tiny red little berries are stuffed with the valuable nutrients your body craves. By consuming Cranberry juice you can get a good dose of the vitamins A, C, & K. The juice also acts as a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Fiber, Phosphorus and Magnesium.
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry juice can be used to prevent urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections are a common, but dangerous and painful, medical ailment. The risk of urinary tract infection (or UTI) can be increased by consuming too many foods that are stuffed with artificial preservatives. Drinking 8-10oz of unsweetened cranberry juice can help cleanse the body of these unnatural substances and prevent the onset of UTI infections that can be caused by the bacteria known as E. Coli. Cranberry juice cleanses the body because it is filled with minerals known as “proanthocyanidins” which help break apart wastes and send them through your digestive system.
Cranberry Juice Can Prevent Kidney Stones
Some scientists and doctors believe that cranberry juice can be a way to prevent or deter the development of kidney stones. Studies have shown that the presence of “guinic” acid in cranberry juice helps keep kidney stones from forming.
Healthy Heart Is Also One Of The Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice
Since cranberries are stuffed full of powerful antioxidants, it can go a long way in aiding heart health. The antioxidants attack and repair the damage caused by free radicals. In addition to destroying damage causing free radical cells, Studies have shown that regular consumption of cranberry juice can help increase your levels of good cholesterol and lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Prevents Respiratory Infections
Research has shown that cranberry juice has the ability to prevent the growth of specific strains of “Haemophilus” influenza. Haemophilus influenza is often the cause of respiratory infections. The juices properties act as an ‘anti stick’ to the bacteria and prevents them from sticking to the surfaces of skin and causing an infection
Cranberry Juice Heals!
I know, it sounds a little outlandish, but it is true! Cranberry juice is incredibly effective at overcoming the common cold! Because the fruit has a natural ‘anti-stick’ property that helps cleanse the body, it also helps overcome illness like sore throat or a cold very quickly. As a side bonus: It tastes way better than medicine.
It Makes You Look Good In A Smile
That’s right, cranberry juice can improve your smile. Unsweetened cranberry juice is a dentist favorite in terms of gum and tooth health. The juice, once again with its ‘anti-stick’ properties, helps prevent mouth bacteria and plaque. Keeping this bacteria and plaque off your teeth and gums will not only keep your smile looking and feeling clean, but it will also prevent bad breath.
Cranberry Juice Can Help You Lose Weight
No, cranberry juice is not the magic pill that lets you shed pounds with no effort, but as part of a diet and exercise plan it can help maximize your results. The acids in cranberries can help emulsify fat deposits throughout your body and help contribute to your weight loss plan
Cranberry Juice Can Prevent Ulcers and Cancer
The phytochemicals in cranberries can help act as deterrents against cancer and stomach related problems. By destroying dangerous H Pylori bacteria, prolonged and consistent consumption of cranberry juice can help prevent painful and dangerous ulcers and it can even reduce your risk of certain types of cancers.
I bet you didn’t know you could get so many health benefits from cranberry juice – all from just one tiny little fruit! Perhaps now you can understand why some people consider cranberries to be a ‘super’ fruit. The key to enjoying the health benefits of cranberry juice is to consume the juice on a regular basis.