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With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s not doubt that turkey and cranberry sauce will grace many a table. Truthfully, though, cranberry sauce, cooked down with all that sugar has little nutrients left in them.  However, fresh or even frozen cranberries contain one of the highest amounts of antioxidants than almost any other fruit. Because of this, cranberries have incredible anti-inflammatory properties helping with cardiovascular diseases, digestion issues, and even gum disease.

The high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries also helps reduce the bacteria in the urinary tract walls, in turn fighting off infections. However, contrary to popular belief, juicing cranberries is not the best way to fight UTI’s.  Once the juice reaches the bladder, most of the PAC’s have left.  If you are fighting any urinary issues, it’s best to take cranberries in capsule form.

Try adding them to your morning smoothie or a few fresh ones on top of your fruit salad. Sadly, dried cranberries usually contain more sugar then the cranberries themselves (just have a read of the ingredient list) so best to stick to fresh or frozen and organic if possible. I know, they are a bit sour, but it’s their lack of sugar that really gives them such a high amount of nutrients for such a small berry.  So pucker up… and eat your cranberries, your heart will love you for it.


Source: Carolyn Nichol, Certifiied Holistic Nutritionist

Edited by Present Truth Fitness


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