Health Benefits of Cranberries
Chances are, you’re going to encounter cranberry sauce of some kind tomorrow. Whether you prefer whole or jellied is up to you. The good news is, this powerful little red berry provides health benefits in either form.
Let’s Take a Look:
🍁 Vitamin C and Manganese
Vitamin C provides many benefits for your body such as skin, muscle, and bone health as well as strengthening your immune system. Manganese is essential for growth and metabolism.
Cranberries contain insoluble and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps keep you regular and soluble fiber helps boost healthy gut bacteria.
The outer cranberry skin is high in antioxidant plant compounds called polyphenols. These help protect you from damage caused by environmental toxins. Antioxidants have been shown to be instrumental in fighting heart disease and cancer.
This powerful antioxidant is abundant in cranberries. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce the risks of heart and kidney diseases. It also provides relief from allergy symptoms and can reduce blood pressure.
*Keep in mind that fresh, whole cranberries are very tart. Cranberry sauce is usually fairly high in sugar to keep it palatable so it may not be a low-calorie food.
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