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4 Amazing Health Benefits of Fresh Cranberries

Updated on December 8, 2011

4 Amazing Health Benefits of Cranberries

As we finally move away from food products and back to food in its most natural state, we are finding out that fresh food has all the nutritional benefits that we will ever need This includes cranberries, which are now being proven to have even more health benefits than originally thought.

Consumers are well aware of the long-standing belief that drinking cranberry juice (not cocktail) can help to prevent UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections). However, recent studies have shown that cranberries may be bacteria's biggest enemy and therefore have more health benefits than previously thought. Cranberries have at least four amazing health benefits.

Cranberries can:

- fight E.coli - this is the bacteria that can cause urinary tract infection

- can get rid of H. pylori - this is the bacteria that is linked to stomach cancer and ulcers

- help eliminate streptococcus mutans - this is the bacteria responsible for tooth decay

- also help prevent stroke and heart disease - this is a finding by a university study published earlier this year

Further, researchers from Harvard Medical School, and Rutgers University determined that regular consumption of cranberry juice reduced the amount of bacteria in the urinary tract. It was determined that something specific to the cranberry actually prevented bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder.

Cranberries also contain phytochemicals that contribute to their overall effects. Some of these phytochemicals act as antioxidants which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. These antioxidants are known to reduce oxidative damage to cells that can lead to heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

The cranberry fruit contains no cholesterol, virtually no fat, is low in sodium, and has dietary fiber. Throughout history, the health benefits of cranberries have been based on folkloric remedies that have existed for centuries. These health-giving benefits were long recognized by the First People on this continent.

Fresh cranberries are available from mid-September through December, which probably explains why they were traditionally served (fresh) during the year-end holiday season. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four weeks. They can also be bought fresh then frozen to be enjoyed all year.

There are several ways to enjoy cranberries:

Fresh or dried - are highly recommended. Fresh cranberries can be used in breads, and muffins. Dried cranberries are less tart than the fresh ones and can be eaten as a snack - no more than 1/2 cup per day.

Fresh cranberries cooked during the holiday season are excellent. Generally, cranberry sauce is traditionally served for American holidays. But one holiday, instead of cranberry sauce, my sister cooked fresh cranberries - outstanding! Now it is impossible to go back to the canned cranberry sauce.

Cranberry juice - should be real juice and not the cocktail. Choose pure cranberry juice. If it is too tart it can be mixed with sparkling water. About 6 ounces daily will provide optimum health benefits.

Cranberry supplements - these are suggested as a last resort for people who just don't like the taste of cranberries. Follow the dosage on the bottle. However, it is always recommended that you get your nutrients from food and not food products or supplements.

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      Gary Eby 7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to cranberries and eating healthier. Nice writing here. Lots of useful information. For fun, hope you will visit my new HUB about cruising: https://hubpages.com/travel/ebywaycruise

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks qlcoach - and I will check out your hubs!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Good to know these new findings about cranberries. I myself love it, 100% juice, but my daughter prefers it in pill form, when UTI occurs, which tend to happen after a long flight, dehydration during summer. We also like adding the dried ones on our cereals.My hubby who is a health nut makes the sauce for our holiday meals and it is always a hit.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love hearing you from IslandVoice!

      - you are so in tune with all the good health issues. Glad you mentioned the use in cereals - that is one of the most popular suggestions these days - and for pointing out when traveling, supplements are ideal under those circumstances.

      As a matter of fact when I am traveling that is when I will start a supplement routine and take some with me - to stay strong.

      Thanks for your input!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      My ma in law was a nurtritionist who raised an only child who had terrible allergies. So, ever since he was a young boy, my husband has been 'brainwashed' about healthy food and supplements. He is a strong young grandpa who swims 3-4 times a week (does about 60+ lapses),and walks 2 miles daily. He is very strict abour our vitamin regimen, reads all labels, is a fan of Dr Weil, and i'm one naughty partner. I love junk which makes for our interesting partnership.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm with you IslandVoice - I need a little junk here and there - but I am trying to eat less of it as I get older. Don't want to be sick and old.

      Good for your husband taking care of his health. Many men just don't!

      I'm inspired too by the people of S. Korea. I lived there over a 4 year period and I'd watch people in their 70's zip by me up the mountain. Firm believers in quality food and outdoor exercise - and it showed!

      Thanks again for your comment(s)!

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      gwennies pen 7 years ago

      Good to know! Thanks for the info.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Glad you like. Thanks for looking and reading!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Stroke and heart disease, I never knew. Now I know I must drink more cranberry juice. Thanks for the research. Great hub.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks fastfreta.

      Suddenly, I have a real taste for cranberry juice. I usually like the berries which will be arriving fresh shortly. But a nice tart glass of cold cranberry juice right now. Mmm mmm mmm.

      Always good to hear from you! And thanks for the compliment.

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      SunShineSnow 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the great info. I am going to have to start drinking a bit more if it helps ulcers that is something I need.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you for commenting SunShineSnow.

      I'm glad you found the hub useful!

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      jayb23 7 years ago from India

      Wonderful hub and v informative. Thanks for that info.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hi jayb23!

      Glad you found the hub informative.

      Thanks so much for writing!

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      mecheshier 7 years ago

      Aren't cranberries amazing! Years ago people thought I was nuts when I told them it was great for kidney and bladder infections...Great article

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true mecheshier!

      I'm so glad folks are turning back to real food to cure what ails us. I mean, that's what food is for after all - our wellbeing.

      Thanks for the backup!

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub and v informative congratulations on your 100th hub and 12 months onhubpages

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Lgali for your congratulations!

      I really do appreciate it. It has been 100 hubs so far. This gets addictive so I am working on the next 100!

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      What a great informative Hub this is! Thanks for sharing great medical benefits of these fruits which could even prevent serious diseases like cancer!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It's great ratnaveera - to come across so much good information - and I like sharing it. I'm hoping for a world where we all demand the freshest foods and enjoy good health.

      Thank you for the compliment!

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      Lord Bryan 7 years ago

      I like cranberries but they are dfficult to find where I live in England. SIGH

      Lord Bran

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Lord Bryan! For some reason I thought cranberries were easy to find over there. Ah, so when you come back to NYC you can enjoy them!

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Good advice as usual,

      Hi BK, sorry been late reading hubs, How are you? I was so glad I joined the contest cooking at HP and one of my hub was again chosen as a potential winner for weekly, I would like to ask if you haven't voted yet Mam Carolyn, please consider it -- http://hubpages.com/food

      thats the link and my hub is Cooking Technique in Noddle Soup by prettydarkhorse, number ten choice, Thanks always, Maita

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I try to keep up with you Maita - whew!

      Can't wait to check out your hub and of course I will vote! Yay!

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      cranberries are one of my favorite, dried or in the ocean spray juice.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love the dried too Reasearch Analyst. We probably don't eat enough of the fresh berries. Thanks so much for your comment!

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      LivingFood 6 years ago

      Cranberries are very good for you, and I am going to stock up on them this fall!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you LivingFood. Nice and healthy to shop in season - so I will look for them in the fall, too!

      Nice to meet you too by the way!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thumbs up for an excellent and informative hub. I can't believe I just found your hub on cranberries. I was at the market today, searching for cranberry juice and because I needed more information on what kind to buy, I made no purchase. Then I come home, log into hubpages and find your article on cranberries. So, thank you...and I guess I had better visit you often!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Such a nice comment - thank you so much. 'Tis the season for cranberries - and isn't it nice that we hubbers know we can use hub pages as a resource for a wealth of information.

      Hope you find a good quality juice out there.

      Thanks for writing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting read--glad to know the limit on consuming dried cranberries as we have just begun eating more of them!

      Voted up.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm looking forward to enjoying them again this fall season, RTalloni.

      Thanks for commenting and the vote. Yay!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      You ve given a useful, informative and wonderful hub. Quite awesome. You ve given me great information that is beneficial. Voted useful

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you ubanichijioke!I'm glad you found the hub useful and wonderful. Yay!

      Thanks for commenting!

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      StarJJJ 5 years ago

      I have been taking these Cranberry Concentrate with Vitamin C pills from the "Lady Soma" brand for almost a year now. I take two every morning. I get 100% Vitamin C, the added protection of the cranberies and the extra bonus of the probiotic. I believe the probiotic helps keep me regular also. I tried other pills but these are my #1 choice. Would highly recommend!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks StarJJJ. I'll leave your comment here so others can take a look. A personal experience is always appreciated.

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      lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Another excellent hub. I love cranberry juice. I am a firm believer that it prevents UTI's. I think it also cures them. It has with me anyway. I never go to the doctor unless I feel like I am dying and even then, I have to consider. The natural cures work fine for me. I love your hubs because they are right on the mark with truth. I'm not saying that people shouldn't go to the doctor, I just prefer not to for myself. Thanks again for another informative hub!!!!!!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so with you about going to the doctor! Especially after visiting traditional Chinese doctors in Beijing a few years ago (I wrote a hub about this).

      Ten of us went on a tour and that was one of the stops. We visited 4 doctors and just by touching our pulse and looking at our tongue they could tell us EXACTLY what was wrong - one man was told he was impotent (he was - and purchased two shopping bags of herbs) - a young woman was told her liver was being damaged (she said she did drink a lot). There is no need for these invasive blood tests and toxic x-rays required by US docs - when you have a medical track record of more than 5,000 years and doctors who are extensively trained in the whole person. I was awed.

      Remember when food was all we needed to be healthy - and now we are being taught that we can't survive unless we take toxic drugs? I'll pass.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love cranberry juice but I don't know where I can get it in the Philippines as I am here at the moment. I used to drink this juice especially on winter time in Germany. Thanks for the information. Voted up and SHARED.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ah, the Philippines. I wonder what lovely fruits and other foods the people would use that has similar benefit. Hmmm, I wonder if I can find out. It would make a great hub. Thanks for the votes.

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