Here are five health-inspiring benefits of the irresistible cranberry fruit:  

1. Helps your body resist unnecessary damage and ageing

As cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, they are a potent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the damage caused by free radicals and boosts your body's immunity, thus increasing your resistance to common illnesses and infections.

2. Lowers your risk of contracting inflammatory diseases

Cranberries are high in phytonutrients, compounds which have anti-inflammatory properties. As an anti-inflammatory, cranberries can significantly lower the risk of inflammation of your cardiovascular system, stomach, large intestine, and gums.

3. Enables you to manage your weight more effectively

Cranberries are wonderfully low in calories and rich in fiber. Acting as a prebiotic, fiber feeds the good bacteria in your gut and helps fight inflammation, which is a cause of obesity and other diseases.

4. Protects you against the nasty urinary tract infection (UTI)

Cranberries support proper urinary function in men and women, and aid in cleaning your bladder and urinary tract. Due to a component called proanthocyanidin (PAC), cranberries are able to prevent some types of bacteria from clinging to your urinary tract, like E. Coli, thereby eliminating the threat of UTI!

5. Promotes cardiovascular health

With the potent combination of being an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, cranberries promote cardiovascular health and overall wellness. It does so by protecting your blood vessels from chronic inflammation, and damage caused by the effects of stress.

Historical Trivia

Sailors used to bring cranberries on sea voyages to avoid contracting scurvy, a disease associated with vitamin C deficiency.

Are you making the most of cranberries? Sure it is a delightful ingredient to add to flavourful dishes, desserts, jams and drinks, but the cranberry fruit does much more than add flavour to tickle your taste buds. Its health benefits are surely something to enjoy and celebrate during festive seasons and every day of the year!