While familiar nutrients like vitamin C and fiber play a very important role in health benefits of cranberries, it is the amazing variety of phytonutrients in cranberries that has gotten the special attention of health researchers. Here are listed all the reasons you should eat this super bouncing fruit.
Fights against urinary tract infection
Cranberries have been used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. While the acidity of cranberries was at one time an important target of research, now it is known that cranberry’s ability to provide above mentioned benefits is not primarily related to its acidity, but rather to its proanthocyanidin content. They have a special structure that makes it more difficult for certain types of bacteria to latch on to the urinary tract linings.
Anti inflammatory benefits
It is the phytonutrients in cranberry that are especially effective in lowering the risk of unwanted inflammation and all of the phytonutrient categories represented in cranberry are now known to play a role. Cranberry phytonutrients inhibit the activity of the enzymes that are key factors in the production of pro inflammatory messaging molecules. So, by inhibiting these enzymes, phytonutrients of cranberry significantly lower the risk of unwanted inflammation.