Cranberry Health Benefits...A Nutritional Powerhouse High In Antioxidants
So what are the amazing cranberry health benefits?
Well for starters they are a nutritional powerhouse. Crammed with many vitamins, minerals oh....and not forgetting
they are extremely high in those too.
In fact they have the highest levels of antioxidants among common fruits.
It is also believed that cranberries contained a high amount of antioxidant phenols (carbolic acid).
Cranberries are an excellent source of
as well, and may protect against
heart diseases, and other diseases.
Here is a list of some more cranberry health benefits....
- Can help to promote a healthy heart
- May be a preventative to stomach ulcers
- Can aid in stroke recovery
- May prevent formation of kidney stones
- Promotes healthy teeth and gums
- Lower cholesterol by lowering the bad(LDL)and raising the good(HDL)
It dosen't stop there. Cranberries could also be an alternative to antibiotics for other infections such as tooth decay, gum disease, gastroenteritis and kidney infections.
Fact: Cranberries are native only to North America along with two other major fruits...
and Concord grape.
This powerful little fruit may be beneficial in preventing the beginning stages of cancer and also can help in slowing tumor development too. Apparently cranberries have compounds that are toxic to a variety of cancer tumor cell lines, including.....
- and leukemia cancer cells
Cranberry Health Benefits For Women and What Are They?
What are the cranberry health benefits for women?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) like cystitis are extremely common, especially among women.
It’s estimated that up to one in every five women will develop an infection of the urinary tract during their lifetime.
The main reason why women are more prone to UTIs is because the female urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body) is actually shorter than men’s.
So what this does is it allows bacteria like Escherichia coli (E.coli)....which normally lives in the colon....to reach the urethra which, in turn, can quickly multiply.
The long male urethra offers better protection against urinary infections because it’s difficult for harmful bugs to reach it.
UTIs can be caused by.....
- Fungi...like the candida fungus that causes thrush
Approximately 85% these micro-organisims come from the bowel, finding their way from the anus to the outside opening of your urethra… from here they can eventually reach your bladder and result in an infection developing.
Other factors don't help such as..... if you’re under stress, taking oral contraceptive drugs or eating too many sugary foods or carbohydrates your risk of suffering a UTI is greatly increased.
Guess what?...Cranberries or cranberry juice has the ability to both treat and prevent urinary tract infections.
Cranberries work by preventing the bacteria from attaching themselves to the inside lining of your bladder and urethra.
Cranberries are also thought to help improve the overall health of your bladder and urethra.
This is because they contain antioxidant plant chemicals which prevent chronic damage to the urinary tract from occurring.
So what is the health benefit of cranberry juice?
Ok...so to obtain all these benefits from drinking cranberry juice, to make it effective, you would need to drink around 16 glasses a day!!
The forms of cranberry juice currently on the market only contain very low amounts of cranberry...yes you're right...the rest is made up of water and sugar.
Yes, I know the earlier advice was to keep off the sugar.
So...the solution. Consider taking cranberries in
instead. The recommended dosage is 600mg of concentrated cranberry tablets a day.
So, there you have it, cranberries are quite amazing for your health and well-being, especially women!
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