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What You Should Know About The Beautiful Powerful Cranberry

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The Cranberry is super powerful. It can help prevent certain types of cancers. It can help heal urinary tract infections. Are you eating them, though?

Though it is almost two weeks off the mark, the people of Wisconsin have began to reap the benefits of their official state fruit, the cranberry. The mark was missed due to warmer temperatures, but they’ve now hit their stride.  Cranberries need cooler air to ripen into the perfect edible color.

According to JSOnline.com.

“Before the growers can deliver, the fruit needs to reach a certain minimal color. Because of the warm weather, the fruit hasn’t colored up,” Lochner said

Wisconsin leads the country in cranberry production with about 60% of the nation’s supply — grown on 21,000 acres in 20 counties in the northern and central parts of the state.

So what are the benefits of these beautiful, often forgotten, fruits?

Help Fight Cancer: Cranberries help slow the growth progression of Tumors. (source). “Growing evidence from tissue culture, animal, and clinical models suggests that the flavonoid-rich fruits of the North American cranberry and blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) have the potential ability to limit the development and severity of certain cancers and vascular diseases including atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases of aging.”

Also, resveratrol, piceatannol, and pterostilbene are present in cranberries. You’ve probably heard of the first one before (dark chocolate, red wine), but maybe not so much the following two. (Source) “These naturally occurring stilbenes, known to be strong antioxidants and to have cancer chemopreventive activities, will add to the purported health benefits derived from the consumption of these small fruits.”

Improve Immune System: proanthocyanidins are found in cranberries. And they help the body’s immune system fight off colds and flus. (source) “A study published in December 2013 states that cranberry supplementation enhances immunity and resulted in fewer symptoms of the cold and flu. Cranberry contains organic acids and phytochemicals including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins with significant antioxidant activity.”

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): This is its most popular function which most people already know, but it can’t be stated enough. (source) “One study looked at women who had a history of urinary tract infections caused by E. coli bacteria. Women who drank 1.7 ounces of cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate every day for six months lowered their risk of getting a UTI by 20% compared to women who didn’t use any intervention.”

Cranberries are also said to be able to help prevent tooth decay, help you lose weight, and help prevent kidney stones. They truly are a super power when it comes to nutrient density. And what else, they aren’t super expensive, either? So why then aren’t more people eating them? Well, they are, especially the people of Wisconsin.

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