I wasn’t familiar with the benefits of the cranberry, besides the fact that its intake can help cure UTI’s. But we, at TFE, come across many different types of fruits and vegetables nowadays, and this week’s Product Highlight comes with more pro’s for consumption than you would have ever imagined.
- The cranberry is a cousin of the blueberry while they belong to the same genus, Vaccinium and is available from October until December
- The name cranberry derives from “craneberry”, first named by early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane
- Cranberries consumed fresh or dried do a better job of protecting our cardiovascular system and our liver in comparison to purified cranberry extracts in liquid or as an supplement
- They prevent UTI’s by blocking adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract lining
- Anti-inflammatory properties of cranberry lowers the risk of dental disease
- Cranberry juice is rich in organic acids, which have an emulsifying effect on the fat deposits in our body, and can be helpful if you would like to shed some pounds
Tip: Make sure fresh berries are stored inside the fridge. They have a very short shelf life if kept at room temperature.