If you search on the web looking for the benefits of cranberry juice, the first thing you’ll notice is that there are many websites dedicated to the benefits of cranberry juice and the second thing you’ll notice is that there are millions of other web pages which tell many different kind of benefits of cranberry juice. One wonders: why there is so much fuss about cranberry juice especially and not other fruit juices. Why is it so special? And what makes it so special? Let’s try to answer these questions and then also list down some of the authentic and proven benefits of cranberry juice.
Cranberries are grown on vines, or as shrubs in the wild. Cranberries are red (bright) in color and have a large tart but somewhat bitter taste. A cup full of cranberries has approximately about 50 calories. Besides, it is rich in antioxidants which are beneficial for the body in numerous ways. It is also a brilliant source of vitamin C a very good resource of dietary fiber, and a good source of vitamin K and manganese. Cranberries do not contain any cholesterol and the total fat content is only 0.1 gram, which makes cranberry juice a very low fat, healthy drink.
Now coming to the benefits of cranberry juice:
- The first and most popularly known benefit, especially among women, of cranberries is its ability to prevent and treat urinary tract infection. Generally urinary tract infections happen due to accumulation of E coli bacteria in the bladder. The compounds in the juice block the bacteria from accumulating on the cells in the body, so that the bacteria can be easily flushed out by the body.
- The second important benefit is in keeping the heart healthy. It contains strong antioxidants which help to prevent or correct the damages caused by free radicals. Cranberry juice helps in the increase of good cholesterol in the body and the decrease of bad (LDL) cholesterol. These advantages can be accredited to the existence of polyphenols in cranberry juice.
- The third major benefit of cranberry juice is that it helps in maintaining the dental health of the body. Dental health is a very important aspect for maintenance of one’s overall health. Various researches show that cranberry juice contains substances which hinder the growth of bacteria responsible for causing dental plaque, periodontal diseases and cavities. The calcium content in cranberry juice mostly accounts for the dental benefits of the same.