Wild, unique and completely natural, cranberries are known to be extremely rich in natural compounds known as phyto nutrients. In particular it is known to be rich in proanthocyanidins which has to been found to be extremely helpful in an all round development of the body. These berries are a very rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein, folate and zea xanthin and also certain minerals like manganese and potassium.
These berries are known to be packed with several different kinds of chemical compounds which are known to be particularly helpful in the prevention of the urinary tract infection, tooth cavities and also some inflammatory diseases.
Benefits Of Cranberries To General Health
These cranberries have a very high percentage of compounds known as flavonoids, particularly proanthocyanidins. Studies have shown that these may be helpful in the fight against aging, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, bacterial infections and even neurological diseases.
Studies have shown, and a lot of people do support this claim, that consumption of cranberry juice helps in getting rid of the urinary tract infection which is largely caused due to a particular type of bacteria.
The acidic nature of these berries and hence the juice when consumed is known to prevent the formation of plaque on the enamel of the teeth by reducing the ability of the bacteria to stick to the surface.
The acidity of the cranberry juice is known to turn the urine also acidic. This in turn helps in the prevention of the bacterial infection in the urinary tract and also helps in the prevention of alkaline stones from forming in the urinary tract.
Fresh cranberries are found in the market from the month of October right up to December. However it is known that the body absorbs most of the nutrients when consumed in the form of juice and so it is preferred to consume the juice instead of the berries.
The berries can be quite tart and so not many seem to prefer the taste. To attract more customers the manufacturers tend to add a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners in the cranberry juice to make it sweeter.
While choosing the right kind of cranberry juice do make sure that you go for the brand which has added minimal sweeteners or sugar in the juice. If you do not be careful in this regard then instead of helping the body it will damage it.
Cranberries are rich in oxalic acid as well which occurs naturally in several fruits and vegetables. However it may crystallize and end up forming oxalate stones in some people. Anybody with a history of tract stone formations is advised to consume a lot of water when cranberries are added to the diet.
Anyone who is on warfarin therapy was known to bleed excessively when cranberry juice is being consumed. So anyone who is on this sort of medication is advised to stay away from the cranberry juice.