Cranberries: Not Just for the Holidays

15 12 2010

Cranberries have compounds called phytonutrients that impart antimicrobial benefits. The six main phytonutrients in cranberries are proanthocyanidin, tocotrienols, quercetin, anthocyanin, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. These phytonutrients are what give cranberries the ability to help protect against urinary tract infections. However, these nutrients do so much more. They are all powerful antioxidants that help protect the body free radicals. In addition to that, studies have found these phytonutrients:
1. Improve heart health.
2. May protect against some forms of cancer.
3. Act as a natural anti-histamine.
4. Act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
5. Strengthen our immune system.
6. Increase endurance capacity.

Bottom Line: There are multiple reasons to eat cranberries throughout the year.

© Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

 

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