Cranberry nutrients inhibit cancer growth

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cranberry(NaturalHealth365) Cranberry is a unique fruit that grows in bogs in cool geographic areas. The harvested cranberries can be made into juice, jams and sauces as well as dried and made into supplements. But, what’s really important is its healing effect for cancer patients.

The tart, delicious flavor makes cranberry a favorite addition in baking and breakfast dishes as well as a wonderful addition to savory dishes. But, there’s so much more – in terms of health benefits – to this delicious fruit.

Cranberry offers an abundance of disease-fighting antioxidants

Cranberry is also packed with health benefits, including the ability to help fight and prevent cancer. Cranberries are extremely high in antioxidants, which gives them many of their healing properties. The only fruit higher in antioxidants than cranberries is blueberries.

Cranberries are loaded with health-enhancing resveratrol as well as flavonoids. Resveratrol is a polyphenol substance that is also present in red wine and some other berry types. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals in the body, preventing illnesses and disorders such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and the effects of aging.

Cranberry can help to prevent cancer plus many other chronic diseases

There are a total of three classes of flavonoids in cranberries. These include anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and the bioactive compound flavonol. All of these assist the body in expelling harmful free radicals and bacteria such as E. coli from the urinary tract. The flavonoids in cranberries support cellular health, immune system functioning and overall well-being.

Cranberries also contain ursolic acid, an anti-inflammatory nutrient that has antimicrobial and anti-tumor properties. This compound is another component in the cranberry’s arsenal of nutrients that help fight and prevent cancer.

Studies have shown that the combination of these compounds in cranberry extracts can inhibit numerous cancer types, including breast, colon, lung, intestinal, bladder, and prostate cancers.

A boost to dental health and immune system health

Cranberry juice has also been found to be effective against dental problems. It is known that oral health is often an indicator of overall health, and cranberries can assist with a better environment in the mouth. They help regulate the acids there while also fighting the formation of bacteria which can lead to cavities and the compromising of immune system health.

It is fairly well known that cranberries and cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections and promote bladder health. They have also been found helpful against gastrointestinal disorders and stomach issues, addressing harmful bacteria while leaving healthy varieties intact.

Support for a healthy heart, cholesterol levels and brain health

The flavonoids in cranberries were also found to help decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood platelet aggregation – which can help to prevent cardiovascular disease. Cranberries can also help to raise HDL (good) cholesterol, while lowering blood pressure. And, finally, this amazing fruit has even shown promise against preventing neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

With so many health benefits of cranberries, including helping to prevent cancer, everyone ought to consider eating more of them. They can also be taken daily in a convenient concentrated supplement form.


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  • Inga P

    I use cranberries in my green, carrot, apple juice. I love cranberries and so does my family. However, for them it is cranberry sauce. I make a homemade one so it hasn’t all the sugar. I use orange juice some maple syrup and it still comes out delicious.

  • Beth Martina

    Just the bright color of cranberries lets you know it is packed full of nutrients. It is a shame that most people know it as something sweet to be eaten at thanksgiving.

  • Cheryl Whitman

    Great information for someone who hasn’t seen a cranberry since the holidays. I am going to start using them and I know where to get them all year long. My supermarket has frozen bags of them.

  • Ginny Lapinsky

    I buy cans of cranberry sauce and really think it is too sweet. The cranberry juice I buy is really good. The problem is it is a mixture of other fruits and I am not sure if I am getting that much cranberries in it. They do use other fruits instead of sugar which is good.

  • Tracy Immerman

    We buy dried cranberries, which are full of sugar. My husband and children use them as a snack food. In fact my husband puts it into his cereal. I guess it is better than other sugary treats.

  • Doris Lewis

    Cranberries are really quite tart. I make my own cranberry sauce using apple or orange juice and a little maple syrup. I have added it to some of my homemade fruit pies and it perks it up.