Cranberry is a small, glossy, scarlet red, very tart berry evergreen shrub which is known primarily for treating urinary conditions. Juice and extracts from the fruit (berry) are used as medicine. So what makes cranberry juice as refreshing as it may look?
Here’s the list of why cranberry juice should be regularly included in your diet.
1.Prevent UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
Cranberry has been used to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). While the acidity of cranberries was at one time an important target of research, we now know that cranberry’s ability to provide UTI benefits is not primarily related to its acidity, but rather to its proanthocyanidin content. The PACs in cranberry have a special structure (called A-type linkages) that makes it more difficult for certain types of bacteria to latch on to our urinary tract linings.
2.The anti-inflammatory properties of cranberry can help us lower our risk of periodontal disease
Cranberryhelps to lower our LDL-cholesterol and total cholesterol, while simultaneously helping us increase our level of HDL-cholesterol. Cranberry most likely helps us achieve these cholesterol-improving changes by helping to improve oxidative and inflammatory aspects of the everyday environment in which our cholesterol-containing molecules must exist
4.Defense against Cancer
Scientists continue to identify new mechanisms that establish cranberries as anti-cancer agents. These mechanisms are now known to include: blocked expression of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases); inhibition of ODC (ornithine decarboxylase enzymes); stimulation of QRs (quinone reductase enzymes); inhibition of CYP2C9s (Phase I detoxification enzymes); and triggering of apoptosis (programmed cell death) in tumor cells. It’s important to point out that this amazing list of anti-cancer properties in cranberry is not sufficient to establish cranberry as a food to be used in the treatment of cancer. However, it is a list that appears consistent with other studies of cranberry and cancer showing dietary intake of this food to help prevent cancer occurrence. These cancer-preventive benefits of cranberry are especially likely in the case of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer.
5.Prevents Blood Clots
Cranberries contains large amount of salicylic acid, which is an important ingredient in aspirin. Drinking cranberry juice regularly increases the amount of salicylic acid in the body. Salicylic acid can reduce swelling, prevent blood clots, and can have anti-tumor effects.
You see, there are a lot of ways on how we can prevent diseases if we only take a look at what our human nature provides us with. So start drinking cranberry juice. Drink for a long life!