It is said that the cranberry provides benefits which rivals even the acai berry. Many studies have shown that there are many health reasons why people should drink cranberry juice. One of the reasons why cranberry juice is not as popular as other fruits such as blueberries and apples is possibly because of its sour and bitter taste.
“But wait. The cranberry juice I tasted was sweet!” That’s because the cranberry juice you have bought is most probably not in its purest form. Commercial cranberry juice has added sugar and water to make it taste better. But that doesn’t mean the benefits of cranberry juice are not worth a look at. In fact, after reading about all the benefits listed below, you might want to rush off to buy some right away!
Cranberry contains quite a high amount of phytochemicals and other antioxidants. Studies have shown that phytochemicals and antioxidants are able to fight cancer cells, boost the immune system, prevent cardiovascular disease, slow the aging process and more. The reduction of oxidation in the body also gives you many benefits.
Preventing unitary tract and teeth infection
Preventing unitary tract infection is probably the most well known benefit of the cranberry. There are properties in the cranberry that changes the structure of the fimbriae found in the E.coli bacteria. This ultimately reduces the amount of these bacteria which are found in the unitary tract.
Because cranberry juice can cause chemical changes in bacteria, they also can prevent cavities in the teeth by reducing the bacteria’s ability to attach itself.
Vitamins and minerals
Cranberry juice is an abundant source of vitamin and minerals. They contain high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium. Potassium is essential for cellular and electrical function in the body. They also regulate blood pressure and heartbeat while increasing the contraction of muscles.
Vitamin A and C act as antioxidants and boosts the immune system. Vitamin A improves vision, skin condition and promote strong bones. Vitamin C helps improve production of collagen, formation of skin cells and keeps your gum healthy. Vitamin is essential for everyday consumption. Drinking about 2 cups of cranberry juice a day will give you enough for your daily needs.
Cranberry juice contains only about 50 calories per cup and is a very healthy drink. If you are drinking cranberry juice for health and weight purposes, you should buy organic cranberry juice. Not the commercial products that contain a large amount of sugar and flavoring.
Although the taste of organic cranberry juice is bitter, the benefits are many. That’s why most people drink it anyway despite their intolerable taste. Of course, some people have already found a solution around the problem. Simply add apple juice for a tasty combination of sweet and sour juice.
Cranberry gives a great deal of benefits for such a small fruit. By simply drinking 1-2 cups of cranberry juice every day, you will reap all of the benefits mentioned above. The only possible downside is that it is relatively expensive compared to other fruits and juices. But hey, you can’t put a price tag on good health can you?