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10 Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Overview

Cranberries have become quite popular and are given the status of a ‘superfruit’. They are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. There are many health benefits of Cranberry juice. It is known to cure urinary tract infections, kidney stones, heart diseases, Cancer etc. The juice of cranberry can be mixed with other fruit juices to make a mocktail. It is easily available in the market and tastes great.

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Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Strengthens the Cardiovascular System: Cranberries contain strong antioxidants. They are said to repair and prevent the damage caused by free radicals. Cranberry juice increases the good cholesterol and reduces the bad one. This happens because of the presence of an antioxidants called ‘Polyphenols’.

Prevents Urinary Tract Infections: It can prevent urinary tract infection. The juice produces hippuric acid in urine. This acidifies the urine to prevent the growth of bacteria in the bladder. Drinking a glass of 100% cranberry juice daily will reduce the chances of contracting UTI.

Cures Cold: Another benefit is that it is effective in treating cold. It can also cure sore throat and provide relief.

Prevents Respiratory Infections: According to a study, cranberries can restrict the growth of bacteria that might cause respiratory infections.

Prevents Tooth Decay: The juice might prevent tooth cavities. The juice contains a chemical which can block the bacteria from sticking onto the teeth, preventing the formation of the dental plaques.

Helps to Lose Weight: If you intend to lose weight then cranberry juice is good for you. It contains organic acids with emulsifying effects on the fats in the body. Therefore, it might assist in weight loss.

Prevents Cancer: Cranberry has ‘Proanthocyanidins’ which can inhibit the cancer cell growth. They might stop the development of micro-tumors in the blood.

Strengthens the Teeth and Bones: Cranberries are a rich source of calcium. Thus, it can make the teeth and bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.

Prevents Stomach Ulcers: Consumption of cranberry juice can destroy the ‘H. pylori’ bacteria which causes stomach ulcers. It is good for other stomach related problems too.

Prevents Kidney Stones: It is believed that high level of acid component in the juice can stop the development of kidney stones.

Nutrients in the Cranberry Juice

Cranberry is rich in the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium
  • Beta-carotene

Wrap Up

Have a glass of 100% pure juice to get all the health benefits of cranberry juice.

2 responses to 10 Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

  1. I am a Research Scientist at Rutgers University and have been doing research on the health benefits of cranberry for 17 years. There are a few things that need to be clarified in your article. Cranberry prevents urinary tract infections by a compound called proanthocyanidin which prevents the bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall. If bacteria cannot adhere to bladder cells, they cannot grow and cause infection. The bacteria are washed out of the body in the urine stream. In a number of clinical studies, it was found that cranberry consumption did not result in acidifying the urine enough to kill or prevent growth of bacteria. Urinary acidification is not the mechanism of action of cranberry. As for the other benefits that you mention, there is not enough research to support cranberry use for the prevention or cure of colds or respiratory infections, or for weight loss. It is not necessary to drink 100% cranberry juice to get the benefits for urinary tract health or cardiovascular health. The “cocktail” drinks containing 27% cranberry (both light and regular)have been used in clinical trials and work well.

    • Dear Amy,
      Thank you very much for the valuable information that you provided. We hope the readers who go through the article also read your comment and get the detailed information regarding the cranberry juice. Good luck with the research and keep visiting.

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