Super Fruit Antioxidants - The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Powerful Fruit

When it comes to getting more antioxidants into our daily eating habits, choosing cranberries is one of the best choices you can make for your well being. This fruit stands in the elite category of natural foods and actually outranks others such as raspberries, cherries, and strawberries in antioxidant capacity. It is also a holiday staple for Thanksgiving and can be used in many tasty dishes or simply enjoyed on its own in a juice beverage. Making little changes to the ways we eat can yield big rewards and supply us with more energy and other great benefits. Continue on to learn how adding this fruit to your diet can be one of the best choices you can make.

Improving Well Being

Consuming cranberries can give your body an upgrade in various aspects of well being.
Consuming cranberries can give your body an upgrade in various aspects of well being. | Source

Nutrition of Cranberries

It can be easy to improve our diet once we address and be honest with the food selections we make. People who regularly include fruits and vegetables such as cranberries live a better quality of life because of the high quality nutrition they contain. Cranberries are rich in vitamin C which can help boost the power of your immune system and equip your body to defend itself against illness and disease. Another appealing quality this fruit features is how they only have around 45 calories per cup serving size. They are also high in fiber which is an important nutrient to obtain in order to have a healthy and balanced digestive system. Cranberries also feature vitamin E, vitamin K, and the mineral manganese. The antioxidants in this fruit will give your body an upgrade in its defenses and help fight against free radicals which can cause premature aging.

Top Notch Cardiovascular Benefits

One of the best researched aspects of consuming cranberry fruit is their healthy benefits for the cardiovascular system. The phytonutrients in cranberries have special anti-inflammatory actions and can even help in preventing the hardening of arteries. What's even more appealing when choosing healthier food options is how this fruit can aid your body in increasing the amounts of good cholesterol in your system. They are even shown to help lower blood pressure which has numerous benefits to your overall health and well being. By eating cranberries, blood vessels will widen and support improved blood flow throughout the body. This fruit will treat you to a host of cardiovascular benefits.

Versatility

Cranberries can be made into a healthy and delightful sauce for special occasions.
Cranberries can be made into a healthy and delightful sauce for special occasions. | Source

Available In Supplement Form

For people who can not tolerate the taste of cranberries on their own or in a 100% percent juice blend, there are alternatives. There are many brands available who offer this fruit in a supplement form which can solve the taste problem. Cranberries can sometimes be an acquired taste and this will be a good option. Do your best however, to get your nutrition from natural food sources instead of supplements. This can still be a viable option but only used as a last resort. Be sure to follow the directions on the labels of these products appropriately. Even though it is a natural source of nutrition, overdoses of any supplement can occur. Talk to your doctor before adding any new health supplement to your regimen to be extra safe.

Add To Your Diet

Consuming cranberries and other high quality fruits and vegetables can not only increase your life span, but they can improve the functioning of your organs and much more. Many studies have been performed showing that the ingestion of cranberries can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and also improve urinary tract functioning. They can even decrease the production of plaque producing bacteria and improve the health of your mouth. Focus on which foods can be replaced in your diet and add more healthy options especially more natural foods. If you enjoyed this article on the benefits of cranberries, please visit my profile or the links below to learn more about other quality food choices. Thank you for reading.

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Comments 12 comments

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Love cranberries!!! Thanks for this insightful hub here. Excellent write.

Voted up +++ and sharing (well have to come back to share, as my computer is acting up)

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Appreciate your support Faith Reaper, especially for voting up and sharing. God bless you also :)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend James, here is another great fruit with many great benefits to eating it. I too love cranberries !!! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you kashmir. I am always grateful for your comments and for voting up. Happy you enjoyed this hub my friend.


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

What brilliant information in your hub. I have cranberries drinks but htat is all. maybe I should now include them in other ways in my diet. Thank you, I am so pleased that I found this hub.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi James - oooh cranberries! The only trouble with cranberries is that you kind of have to add sugar. I make a wonderful cranberry marmalade and cranberry muffins, and add them to chicken salad, and green salad. Then all of a sudden you don't see them in the store anymore. :(


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you for checking out this hub acaetnna, happy you enjoyed it and thanks for commenting :)


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you Dolores for your comments. I agree with the adding of sugar. I'll have to try that myself with the salad :)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Unfortunately the only way I like cranberries is with lots of sugar, as in e cranberry sauce and juice. But, I think it might be beneficial to eat and drink them anyway, just in moderation. What do you think?


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I think that is a great idea catgypsy. The beauty of the natural world is the variety it gives us, not every fruit or vegetable will appeal to us. That's a an excellent way to go about it, in moderation and some sugar to make it more palatable.


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Lipnancy 3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I believe that craisins are considered to be just as could for you and have a milder cranberry taste.


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I used to eat craisins often on my work breaks. I believe they are good. Check the ingredients for high fructose corn syrup though, I don't remember if they had it. If they do, they might not be the best bet

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