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The Cranberry: Surprising Health Benefits

Cranberries are a staple at Thanksgiving  and Christmas dinners. At the same time tart and sweet, this delicious fruit is actually quite good for you as well. Learn why you should maybe pile on a second helping of those cranberries this holiday season, and all year round for that matter.

Cranberries are perhaps the most potent antioxidant in the world! This means they protect your body and are disease-fighters. Antioxidants protect the cells in your body from harmful free radicals, and will help keep you healthy. This is particularly helpful during cold and flu season when your body needs the extra protection cranberries can provide.

The cranberry can also be used as preventatives for a specific infection, the UTI or urinary tract infection. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins which essentially work to block and destroy the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. So women, in particular, will greatly benefit from eating more cranberries as women are more prone to this type of infection.

Cranberries are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber aids in healthy digestion, and is also an important nutrient for healthy weight loss. Additionally, fiber helps to lower cholesterol. So to counteract the overindulgence in unhealthy food that always happens around the holidays, eat some cranberries and get yourself back on track.

This tart fruit also contains a great deal of vitamin C. Vitamin C is best known to help boost the immune system and prevent illness, but it also serves many other purposes in the body. It is known to improve and protect cardiovascular (heart) health. Heart disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States, and as such any nutrient you can consume that helps prevent heart disease can only help. So keep eating those cranberries!