Cranberries are one of my favorite berries, and I love them in every form: ripe, dried, juiced, you name it. Their sweet and sour taste makes them addicting – dried cranberries are one of my favorite things to snack on. In addition to being delicious they are also incredibly good for you, and second only to blueberries in terms of their antioxidant powers. Read on for the many awesome benefits of cranberries!
Cranberries are high in antioxidants that help flush out your system – improving your metabolism and digestive system.
The antioxidants help your body get rid of free radicals that contribute to the aging process. They help your skin look young, and prolong internal organ functions.
The antioxidants also flush out the harmful toxins that can suppress the immune system. When they are removed, your immune system strengthens.
Cranberries contain tryptophan, an amino acid known to be a precursor of serotonin. Eating foods that contain it may increase your body’s production of serotonin, making you feel better. Studies have also shown that they are good for the brain and can help to improve your memory.
Cranberries have also been known to help heal skin conditions like acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.
Consuming cranberries on a regular basis can prevent plaque buildup and other dental problems.
Cranberries help to lower bad cholesterol levels that can clog the arterial walls and lead to heart disease and other problems.
Urinary Tract Health
Cranberries help treat and prevent urinary tract infections.
Studies have shown that cranberry extracts can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
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