Cranberries-they’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore!
According to MDLinx internal Medicine Newswise November 14, 2018
For centuries, cranberries have had a reputation for boosting health, dating back to Native-Americans who used them to treat urinary tract infections as well as wounds and other ailments. In more recent years, the fruit has been found to have other potential health benefits.
Amy Howell is a Rutgers expert in the health benefits of cranberries. Here she shares some of the benefits.
According to Howell, a specific compound in cranberries called proanthocyanidins (PACS) helps to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, so they can’t multiply and cause infection. Consuming cranberries regularly can help prevent certain bacterial infections.
This then helps to reduce the pace of large-scale antibiotic resistance development.
“Consuming cranberry products regularly can help prevent urinary tract infections but has also been implicated in suppressing bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.” Howell said.
Howell also has stated that since cranberries contain antioxidants, they may also help to lower oxidative stress, an imbalance that causes numerous chronic diseases, including inflammation, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
“Research suggests that these cranberry compounds can reduce oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, increase the flexibility of arteries and reduce inflammation-all important risk factors for heart disease,” Howell said.
Thanksgiving may be over but healthy eating and drinking
is a year round goal!