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Cranberries contain plentiful organic acids like pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, provitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3), fiber, and the elements potassium, manganese,...
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Cranberries contain plentiful organic acids like pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, provitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3), fiber, and the elements potassium, manganese, calcium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus. In addition to these nutrients, they also contain at least 5 key health-supportive phytonutrients that are thought to counteract urinary-tract infections, among other health benefits. The seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

It's not the acidity of cranberries but the unusual nature of their proanthocyanidins (one of their phytonutrients) that is related to prevention of urinary tract infections. The special structure of these phytochemicals acts as a barrier to bacteria that might otherwise latch on to the urinary tract lining.

Recent studies show that consuming whole cranberries —in comparison with cranberry juice or supplements—is more effective at protecting our cardiovascular system and our liver, as it is believed that it is the synergy among cranberry nutrients (rather than individual cranberry components) that is responsible for cranberry's health benefits. Consumption of this fruit has also been shown to reduce the risk of chronic, unwanted inflammation in the stomach, large intestine (colon) and cardiovascular system (especially blood vessel linings). 

 

Health benefits:

-Antioxidant , possibly decreasing high blood pressure.

-Anti-inflammatory

-Anti-cancer (particularly breast, colon, lung, and prostate).

-Decreased risk of periodontal disease

-Decreased risk of stomach ulcer

-Aids in recovery from strokes

-Lowers LDL and raises HDL

-Some compounds in it have antibiotic effects

 

*Cranberries may interact with Warfarin so consult with your doctor before consuming them in large amounts.