Cranberries have come to the forefront in the last few years as being one of the favorite fresh, raw, berries. By adding them to your diet, they will add the most nutritional value just by eating them, more than you would have ever expected. There are many antioxidants and cell-protective assets contained when the cranberry is dried or cooked in delicious sauces.
Keeping those dried cranberries on hand is to your benefit and easy to add to grain cereals, oatmeal, salads, applesauce, yogurt, chicken, other meat dishes, and hot tea. Those little cranberries have the most delicious tart but delicate flavor at the same time that is not overpowering.
With them, you can create a delicious cancer-fighting diet that is cell-protecting by adding them to your other dishes on a daily basis. Cranberries are full of phytochemicals that will address the primary characteristics of cancer cycling, DNA damage, DNA repair, and gene expression. Cranberries should be considered as one of the great cancer-fighting foods to eat.
As we get older, we seem to have more oxidative stress, and we can correct this if we add more deep-colored foods that are rich in antioxidants to our diet every day. That beautiful deep red color of cranberries makes us noticed the presences of the plant chemicals that are there in the cranberry to support and protect your DNA. It is like your food is talking directly to your genes.
The following are the four main benefits of cranberries:
#1: They are rich in several different minerals and vitamins. Only a half cup of these beautiful deep red cranberries contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, sodium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin E, iron, thiamin, and niacin.
#2: Cranberries can prevent urinary tract infections and clean out the urinary tract. It is due to the berry having concentrated amounts of antioxidants in them called proanthocyanidins in each of them. The proanthocyanidins prevent some types of bacteria from being able to stick to the urinary tract walls.
No matter what most people think, the juice itself does not have enough of the antioxidant proanthocyanidins to meet this expectation. The cranberry capsule does a better job at preventing and treating a UTI than cranberry juice.
#3: It has been shown that cranberries can slow the growth of cancer tumors. It is even more true for tumors of the colon, ovaries, breast, liver, and prostate.
#4: Cardiovascular disease might be lowered by cranberries. Polyphenols that are the micronutrients which are found in the cranberry contain anti-inflammatory properties. They, in turn, prevent the build-up of platelets and can reduce blood pressure.
The proanthocyanidins in cranberries can also help maintain good oral health. They prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. Considering all the health benefits of cranberries, you may want to keep them on your monthly grocery list even after the holiday season is over.
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