It has come to our notice that cranberries are good for our holistic health. Some might be familiar with the term “cranberries” and we’ll like to tell you more. You see, cranberries are true botanical berries that are small, round, hard, fruits that are red in color with a flavor that many describe as both sour and bitter. In fact, when describing taste, it has less than 4% sugar hence you can say cranberries are as tart as lemons. Cranberries share a relationship with blueberries and wintergreen. We’ve come to know from the recent news that cranberries have a positive effect on both brain and heart health. Amazing what these small fruits can do when consumed.
Guess what? Our ancestors got it right and it’s interesting to follow them in this adventure to live healthier and longer. A recent study evaluating cranberries for brain health (memory & brain function) shows that daily consumption can improve memory in older adults, likely because of its high flavonoid content.
In a 12-week study randomly conducted on the controlled trial of freeze-dried cranberry powder published in Frontiers in Nutrition evaluated the impact of cranberries on cognitive function and neural functioning in older adults.
In this study of Frontiers in Nutrition, the consumption rate was closely monitored. Sixty adults between the ages of 50 and 80 years old were given one small cup of cranberries daily for 12 weeks. After the trial period, the researchers observed improvements in neural functioning and visual episodic memory in the aged participants.
Cranberry juice is can be used to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) but not to treat the infection if you have gotten it.
If you find yourself frequently getting UTIs often, adding cranberries to your diet as a lifestyle can be beneficial. Taking these measures can serve as a proactive approach to taking care of your health.
Cranberries are good for you if you eat an animal-based diet as it helps to put good bacteria into your digestive system.
Cranberries do have anti-inflammatory effects, thanks to their high amounts of antioxidants, especially flavonols and anthocyanins, which give cranberries their dark hue.
Cranberries are helpful in preventing cavities and controlling harmful acids in your mouth. In doing so, they help to improve oral health by preventing tooth decay, possible gum disease, and oral cancer.
These days, you can find cranberries in several forms, especially the dried ones. Cranberries have been modified into capsules, tablets, powders, and extracts. It is always wise to speak to your health care provider about the proper intake if you’re going to be using these products in the long run.
There are ways to enjoy cranberries. Beatrice Sargin our founder loves them dried. So she can prepare them in her many recipes, from salads to baked cakes or to even her oatmeals and beverages.
Here are some great examples of recipes with cranberries: