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Cranberries Pack More Antioxidants than Green Tea, Grape Juice, Health Effects Matter

Updated on May 16, 2013

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Want to be healthy ? Eat Cranberries !

Do you enjoy making your own smoothies using frozen fruit purchased from the supermarket ? Why not make a cranberry smoothie instead ! afterall, frozen cranberries have a higher antioxidant capacity than dried cranberries.

Cranberries are one of those fruits that people don't usually give a lot of attention to due to their bitterness. Those who are health conscious may even avoid commercial cranberry juice because of the high amount of added sugar used to sweeten it.

The cranberry is a powerful antioxidant. That alone gives it more nutritional value than most other fruits and veggies: Antioxidants neutralize free radicals produced when oxidation splits the bonds between atoms, starting a chain reaction in which atoms with an incomplete outer shell of electrons steal from neighboring stable molecules. By donating their own free electrons to unstable atoms, antioxidants neutralize the process.

Thus, a diet rich in antioxidants can reduce damage to nerve cells including those in the brain, joint inflammation and problems affecting vision.

One of cranberry's antioxidants, flavonoids are also found in citrus, red wine and green tea.

Cranberries Contain Vitamin C Which Supports The Immune System

One cup of cranberry juice contains contains the full daily dose of vitamin c

Cranberry Proanthocyanidins Prevent Urinary Infections

Antioxidants called proanthocyanidins prevent bacteria from being able to stick to the urinary tract; thus treating urinary tract infections. Cranberries also make urine more acidic which works against bacteria growth.

By cleansing the lymphatic system cranberries strengthen the body's own support systems; the lymphatic system neutralizes waste and detoxifies cells.

Oceanspray Accounts for Most US Cranberry Demand

95% of cranberries consumption is from processed cranberries, mostly attributable to juice company Oceanspray.

Canada and the United States are each other's most valuable import and export sources.

The cranberry industry is big ! US production is estimated to be worth $500 million a year.


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