Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Here's a pretty concise, up-to-date list of the benefits of cranberries from a UK e-mail newsletter (so I can't just post a link to it):
1) Cranberries contain plenty of vitamin C — exactly what you need during the cold and flu season.
2) Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants. A few years ago, in a study that examined more than 100 different types of fruits, vegetables, beans and other foods, Cranberries ranked number six, right behind blueberries, and well ahead of strawberries, apples, cherries, and plums.
3) The cranberry is an excellent source of resveratrol, the anti-inflammatory compound that's been shown to protect heart and nerve cells while also assisting in DNA repair — one of the keys to fighting cancer.
4) Cranberry bioflavonoids have been linked to prevention of several cancers, including breast, prostate, colon and lung. In fact, scientists have discovered that cranberry components play a role in no less than five different anti-cancer mechanisms.
5) Cranberries help increase HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.
6) Cranberry juice helps prevent gum disease by killing bacteria that promotes dental plaque.
7) Cranberry juice helps prevent Helicobacter pylori from attaching to the gastric wall. H. pylori is the cause of nearly all gastric ulcers and also contributes to food allergies.
8) As many women know, cranberry juice helps clear up urinary tract infections. But a New England Journal of Medicine study shows that cranberry juice can actually prevent the infection in the first place. It stops E. coli from attaching to the bladder wall.
9) Cranberries reduce risk of kidney stone formation.
10) Cranberries relieve asthma by dilating the bronchial tubes.
[The newsletter is from thehealthierlife.co.uk]
Note: In the full article, they had also included Cranberry Sauce, but I've never seen any nutritional information listed on the labels of cans of cranberry sauce that I've bought (and that includes no listing of Vitamin C at all). So, certain benefits on this list may not be available from all forms of cranberry products.