Cranberries

Cranberries

Cranberry Harvest

Cranberry Harvest

Health Benefits – Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients cranberries are a super food.  1/2 cup contains only 25 calories.  Possible health benefits include:

  • Preventing urinary tract infections (UTI’s) – The high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries helps reduce the adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract walls.  This helps in fighting off infections.
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
    • Cardiovascular disease – Evidence suggests that the polyphenols in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).   By preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure via anti-inflammatory mechanisms, CVD may be prevented.
    • Dental – proanthocyanidins in cranberries may also benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to teeth.  This may be beneficial in preventing gum disease.
    • Digestive – consuming cranberries has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic inflammation of the stomach and large intestine, including stomach ulcers.
  • Cancer – Research has shown that cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor progression.  Research is also showing positive effects against prostate, liver, breast, ovarian, and colon cancers.

Nutritional breakdown – a powerhouse fruit

  • Vitamin C – a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals.  Vitamin C also boosts the body’s resistance against infectious agents. Sailors once carried cranberries aboard their ships to avoid scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.
  • Fiber – 1/2 cup of cranberries contains 2.5 grams of fiber.
  • Vitamin E – a fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune function that may help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.
  • Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients.  These naturally occurring plant chemicals help to protect the body from harmful free radicals.

Serving ideas – easy ideas for display and simple recipes 

Cranberry Jelly – For the best variety of homemade, local Cranberry jelly check out Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest.