During the course of the day, we’re all faced with many choices to be made, some overwhelming, some second nature. Work or Play? Up or Down? Energy Bar or chips?
In the quest for better health, there are also many choices that we as people are forced to make. Head to the gym or rest up? Ice or heat? Pop a pill or a cranberry? …Wait, a cranberry? That’s right, cranberries aren’t just for your Thanksgiving dinner anymore; it turns out that this functional fruit has a lot more to offer than just an enticing taste.
Cranberries are among the top foods with proven health benefits. They are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals.
Cranberries help fight UTIs. Proanthocyanidine found in cranberries prevent E. coli bacteria, which are a common cause of UTs. Another added benefit of proanthocyanidine is it helps prevent plaque formation on teeth.
Cranberries promote oral and gastrointestinal health. The same anti-adhesion ability that works against E. Coli prove to be effective against H. pylori, a bacteria that causes peptic ulcers both in the stomach and small intestine.
Cranberries contain flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have antioxidant properties. Reducing oxidative stress helps play a role in aging. These antioxidants can also help “keep you brilliant”. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidants have been found to help protect the brain from age-related memory and coordination loss.
At the end of the day, whether you are rehydrating with cranberry juice, adding fresh berries to your next meal, or refueling with a lifehealthBAR, you’re likely to find that the ways to enjoy cranberries are as numerous as its potential health benefits.