The Super Fruits You’ve Been Looking For
How can you know your cranberries are rich in antioxidants? If they float in water, that means they are better exposed to sunlight.
This exposure increases their anthocyanin content, which gives the cranberries their unique anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
But cranberries are best known for protecting you against urinary tract infections. The phytonutrients they contain act as a barrier against the bacteria that affects the urinary tract.
And recent research has extended these benefits. The same chemical compounds have a similar effect on the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, as well.
In other words, a good glass of cranberry juice or a couple of berries could:
- Prevent stomach ulcer.
- Decrease gums’ inflammation.
- Reduce your risk of chronic digestive diseases.
Furthermore, even your cardiovascular system benefits a lot from regular cranberry consumption.
These fruits offer cardioprotection by slowing down the deposits of atheroma plaque, and consequently, normalizing your cholesterol levels.
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The antioxidants they contain help every cell in your body, and they even play a major role in preventing cancer. They block the expression of certain chemical compounds that accelerate the cell malfunctions which lead to tumors and fight the diseased cells at the same time.
To benefit the most from this tasty fruit, you should consume it about three to four times a week.
You can drink a glass of juice, take it as capsules (always pay attention to what you’re buying and to the prescription), eat a handful of fresh or dried cranberries, or even include them in your (dessert) recipes or smoothies.
If you’re already dealing with a UTI, consume it once a day, every day, for at least a week. Otherwise, it’s completely up to you how you choose to include it in your diet!
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