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Ten Ways Cranberries Can Transform Your Health

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.

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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHERIK67 2/2/2011 10:24AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love and eat Ocean Spray Craisins- dried cranberries all the time. I grab a handful, which is about 60 calorie for a quick snack. Now I have more reasons to eat them.

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KURTORTOISE 1/28/2011 11:06AM

FearlessLife (from the No Artificial Sweeteners team) has a post with background on Dr. Otto Warburg's published anti-cancer discoveries, for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1931 (The studies were continued by his protege Dr. Johanna Budwig).
At the bottom, she included 11 links to charts and other information, which include Cranberries.
Some of the information conflicts somewhat on how Cranberries should be categorized according to Dr. Warburg's findings, but each link is worth a look.


While you're there, take a look at the wealth of information about Artificial Sweeteners -- especially if you're still using them.

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JULIAMOONCHILD 1/28/2011 10:34AM

    Thanks for sharing the newsletter. I, too, love cranberries and knew that they were very good for us. My all time favorite of the antioxidants, which I guess ranked number 5, is blueberries. I eat blueberries every single day of the year - Never missing a day, and have done so for years and years.
Now, do you happen to know what fruits or vegetables ranked #1, 2, 3 and 4?
I probably know this, but today, it has slipped my mind.

I thought the d-Manose, that FearlessLife mentioned in her comment, was interesting. I had never heard of this, but will do a google, plus check at my local health food store to see if they carry it.

Comment edited on: 1/28/2011 10:35:42 AM

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    Great, I'll pass this on.

Something I learned from Mike Adams,, is to order d-Manose with my regular supplement order. d-Manose is the sugar in cranberries; a tsp a day in green tea in the morning keeps bladder infections away. I've never struggled with bladder infections and UTIs but know plenty who have, and I like to STAY healthy rather than fight to get well, so I use d-Manose.

I also love cranberries, you can bake them with sweet potatoes and pecans and they are VERY tasty without a ton of sugar added. You can add apples, pineapple, or dried raisins or cherries to sweeten the dish, with blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon liberally sprinkled in. Yum yum yum.

I do make cranberry chutney with orange and ginger, as well. And apple-cranberry pie, apple-cranberry crisp, etc.

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IN2BHEALTHY 1/27/2011 4:00PM

    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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JLS523 1/26/2011 11:45PM

    Thanks for the info!

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KAYE454 1/26/2011 11:25PM

  Wonderful news I have always drank cranberry juice because my grandma taught me it was good for women health

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NEELY747 1/26/2011 11:22PM

    Wow! Thank you! I'm always on the lookout for different fruits and veggies to eat. This makes me want to go buy some fresh cranberries! I, too, wonder about Craisins. They're SO GOOD.


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TINY67 1/26/2011 11:21PM

    Great info and I love cranberries.

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JO88BAKO 1/26/2011 11:20PM

    Thanks for the info, very interesting! I wonder if Crasins count? I put a serving in my yogurt every morning. Thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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