Cranberries – Not Just for Christmas

Cranberries and health.

If you only eat this delicious, little red fruit in a sauce with your turkey at Christmas, then you may be missing out on important health benefits.

Cranberries have long been used in the treatment and prevention of UTI’s in women . In a recent trial involving middle-aged women suffering from recurring bouts of the infection , the consumption of cranberries was linked to a one third reduction in attacks.

The beneficial properties of the cranberry are thought to block the adhesion of bacteria to the lining of the urinary tract and in the same way are thought to help in the prevention of stomach ulcers.

Cranberries have well known anti-inflammatory properties .In the case of our gums,consuming cranberry products can help us lower the risk of gum disease .

The anti-oxidant benefits have been associated with lowering LDL cholesterol and studies are at present still being carried out to assess whether cranberries can help prevent colds and flu and even cancer.

Fresh cranberries are at their best from October to December (just in time for Christmas) but unsweetened cranberry juice, and even dried or frozen cranberries are also good for you.

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