CRANBERRY: HOW & WHEN TO USE?

Cranberries are Small dark red berries with an acidic sweet taste. They are widely used all through Europe in a variety of recipes both as flavor and for garnishing. Sauces and desserts made from cranberries are especially liked by people. The plant grows in cooler regions especially the forests of North America In addition to the culinary uses, Cranberries have medicinal value too. They are often prescribed in cases of urinary ailments and blood disorders. Besides these, some effects have been seen in cases of liver and stomach problems. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE: Cranberries have been found to contain the following nutrients:-

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Helpful in maintenance of triglyceride levels
  • Vitamin C- Helpful in the maintenance of skin and tissues
  • Anti-oxidant Anthocyanins- Aid night vision
  • Tannins- Helpful in maintaining health of the heart and vessels
  • Oxalates

HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. BLADDER CONDITIONS

Research proved that cranberry juice prevents the occurrence of urinary tract infection. However, we are still unsure of its curative effects on the same. The juice is often prescribed by alternate therapy practitioners as a supplementary drink along with medicines for urinary tract conditions.  

2. BLOOD CONDITIONS

Cranberries contain tannins and antioxidant anthocyanins which boost the levels of HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) in blood. Also cranberries are a rich source of antioxidants which prevent cancer and boost immunity. Thus, cranberries also help to prevent heart diseases, strokes and other associated conditions.

CAUTION

Though beneficial in urinary problems, cranberries must be used with caution. In large doses, the oxalates in cranberries may form kidney stones. Those who are on blood thinning medications like warfarin must avoid cranberries in every form since cranberries have an anticoagulant effect and may increase your bleeding as well as clotting time thus leading to severe bleeding.

It is very important to consult your physician before taking cranberry supplements and juices for any ailment especially if you are on any medication for prostate or urinary troubles or you have a medical history of any stroke, heart or blood disorder or are currently suffering from one.

HAPPY HEALTHY LIVING..!!

 

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