In Honor of Thanksgiving: 4 Health Benefits of Cranberries
Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away and cranberries are a staple of many traditional Thanksgiving feasts. For as long as I can remember, we have had a terrific cranberry bread that has become one expectation of my day. That’s wonderful, but I hope this post convinces you to indulge in cranberries year round because they have enormous health benefits.
I updated this post with a video, check it out at the end.
4 Health Benefits of Cranberries
1. Protection against Urinary Tract Infections
The Cranberry is well known for it’s ability to help prevent UTIs, especially if the infections are recurrent. How does cranberry juice help prevent urinary tract infections? It contains a significant amount of proanthocyanidins (condensed tannins that are powerful antioxidants), which helps reduce the adhesion of E. coli, responsible for the majority of UTIs, to the urinary tract walls. This process helps to fight off infections.
*Chinese herbal medicine is also very helpful in treating and preventing reoccurring urinary tract infections
3. Cranberries are low calorie, contain vitamin C and fiber.
4. Cranberries Fight Heart Disease