Cranberries: A wonder-fruit?

Who knew these little tart berries are packed with vitamins and nutrients, which promise to boost your health and give you a smooth, glowing complexion. Here are out top reasons to make this   wonder-fruit a part of your daily diet either by eating the fruit, drinking the juice, or taking a supplement.

Some studies show that cranberries may lower the risk of contracting urinary tract infections and help combat high blood pressure. Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin E.

Cranberries also contain large amounts of vitamin K, manganese and phytonutrients, which protect the body from free radicals, thereby slowing down the ageing process and boosting one’s immunity.

Since cranberries are high in polyphenols, research shows that they may be able to prevent heart disease by preventing platelet build-up.  Some studies also suggest that regular consumption of cranberries can slow down tumor progression.

Research also shows that those who snack on dried cranberries regularly are more likely to stay sharp as they age, as the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds present in cranberries may protect the brain from age-related memory loss.

Cranberries are also perfect for those on a weight loss diet, because they are low in calories and high in fibre and antioxidants. Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories.

Cranberries may also prevent tooth decay. This is because they contain the compound rroanthocyanidin, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and prevent teeth from decaying.

REVOFIT TAKE: You can either use dried or cranberries in a can, if you do not have access to fresh cranberries. But read the label carefully to check for added sugars. Also, if you are taking any blood-thinning medication, you need to stay away from cranberries. There are some documented cases which show that those who consumed cranberries while on blood thinning drugs may have caused  internal bleeding, leading to health risks. Some studies also show that cranberry products may increase urine oxalate excretion, which could lead to the formation of kidney stones.

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