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Cranberry Juice and it's Health Benefits

Updated on January 10, 2014

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Cranberry Juice and Cranberries

Cranberry juice, the juice of the cranberry, when served as a pure juice it can be very tart. Many people never drink it by itself for that fact, but combine it with a sweeter juice and you have a great drink. Cranberries can be eaten dried and tossed into cereals, and baked goods to add a nice flavor. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and are often used as a home remedy for bladder infections.

History of Cranberries

This is a very American fruit; Native Americans cooked them and ate them sweetened with honey and maple syrup. Healers have used them for medicinal purposes in poultices for wounds and were most likely pretty effective. Cranberries are rich in tannins, tannins help to stop bleeding and they have some compounds that have antibiotic effects that may have kept the wound from becoming infected.

What do Cranberries have in them?

Well, first of all they contain antioxidants these come in the form of proanthocyanidins, this gives the cranberry their nice red color. As you know antioxidants are good for neutralizing free radicals in the body that damage cell membranes and DNA and can even cause the death of some cells. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help to ensure you get a good spectrum of antioxidants and may cut your risks of some chronic diseases that include cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Science

Science tells us that regular consumption of cranberry juice can help to reduce the amount of urinary tract infections in women who are prone to them. Cranberry juice helps to inhibit the growth of the E coli bacteria that causes infections.

It seems that cranberry juice is the top remedy for bladder problems. Cranberry juice has been used effectively for cystitis and to prevent kidney and bladder stones. Not only does cranberry juice contain quinic acid that helps with these things, but it contains a natural antibiotic substance that makes the bladder walls inhospitable to the organisms responsible for urinary tract infections.

Tips for choosing Cranberry Juice

  • Keep in mind that most of the cranberry juices you will find at the grocery store are cocktail blends; they contain few cranberries and are packed with sweeteners.

  • You will get better health benefits from 100 percent pure cranberry juice.

  • Most of the commercial cranberry juice is to diluted to be of any value

  • You can make your own cranberry juice by squeezing your own cranberries.

  • Buy organic cranberry juice at health stores and mix with some club soda for a nice refreshing drink.

  • Cranberries may help to protect against some cancers and heart disease.

  • Cranberries are a member of the evergreen dwarf shrubs

  • The best way to tell if a cranberry is ripe is if it floats in water.

  • Cranberries are a major crop in some American and Canadian states and provinces.

  • Most cranberries are pressed into jams, sauce, and juice and sweetened dried cranberries.

  • Cranberries are a traditional dish on American and Canadian Thanksgiving dinner tables.

  • Cranberries are harvested in the fall when the fruit takes on its beautiful red coloring.

  • Raw cranberries are a good source of vitamin C and fiber as well as manganese.


    Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt



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More Fun Cranberry Facts

  • Fresh cranberries will bounce when they are dropped.

  • Wisconsin is the biggest producer of cranberries in the United States. Cranberries seem to grow best in cooler regions of the country.

  • It was originally called a crane berry because of the blossoms resemblance to a sandhill crane

  • Wisconsin cranberry farmers harvest enough cranberries per year to feed every man, woman and child in the world with 26 cranberries

  • The cranberry vine is a low –growing, trailing, and woody evergreen vine.

  • The cranberry is the official state fruit for Wisconsin

  • You can freeze fresh cranberries, whole or sliced in an air tight container frozen cranberries will keep for up to a year.

  • You should drink 8 to 16 ounces of cranberry juice per day for urinary tract health and they are native to North America

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