You may have heard of cranberries, mostly being used for sauce with turkey at your Thanksgiving dinner, but these little berries are so much more than just a yummy addition to your dinner table.
Cranberries can be consumed in many ways; eaten as it is, squeezed into juice or even dried. There's no end to the versatile ways it can be eaten and even more importantly, the health and beauty benefits that cranberries offer are aplenty.
Here are some reasons why you should add cranberries to you daily diet.
No More Tooth Decay
This of course can't be achieved solely by drinking cranberry juice or consuming the fruit as good oral hygiene is a must. However, cranberries are packed with phytonutrients that help prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It also has properties that help keep your gums clean. A great way to cut down on bacteria build up is to opt for sugarless or unsweetened cranberry juices that have no additives or preservatives. It is recommended to drink a small glass daily.
Prevent Urinary Infection
Cranberry juice, with its ability to make your urine more acidic, is a great way to stop bacteria from flourishing. My gynaecologist swears by cranberry juice for prevention of urinary tract infection (UTI), and several researches back this up. There’s a substance in the cranberry juice that stops bacteria from binding to the cells of the walls of your bladder. This stops the bacteria from reproducing and multiplying, which makes it easier for your body to flush it out of your system. It also helps curb yeast infections.
Need a little something to slow down the process of ageing skin? Make cranberries your go-to fruit. Packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and other good stuff, it's no wonder why people who consume them on a regular basis look youthful and have skin with less fine lines and wrinkles. Besides slowing down the ageing process, it keeps the skin firm making you look younger with soft and supple skin.
Cranberry fruit or even the juice (pure) can be used as a toner for your skin. It has antiseptic properties that help when it comes to treating acne and pimples. You can mix it with honey for a more paste-like consistency to apply on problem areas, or use it as a mask. In the long term, it also lightens skin which means it helps reduce scars as well.
These little berries might be small, but they do fill you up with their fibre content. Having said that, cranberries make a great snack food for those trying to watch their weight. The phytochemicals help with keeping the immune system in check too.
Reduces Cancer Risk
Studies have shown that the proanthocyanidin in cranberries helps to slow down the growth of cancer cells, which means that regular consumption of this fruit may reduce cancer risks.
With all its amazing benefits, here are some simple ways you can incorporate cranberries in your daily diet. Consuming them in a variety of ways makes them more enjoyable. Besides the usual dried cranberries, fresh fruit or juice, you can just pop cranberries in the freezer and they turn into little balls of 'ice' fruit! Delicious to add with tea or even water. Another favourite is blending them with greek yogurt as the burst of flavours are incredibly yummy. Regardless of how you consume this fruit, rest assured that the cranberry will do you good!