The Cranberry. It’s a part of our American History. The early settlers used it for scurvy, digestion, appetite, and blood disorders. Native Americans used it for caring for wounds. And within the last 70 years or so, scientists started studying its medicinal properties.
This week, as you think about this fruit in a delicious, tart side dish, here are two major qualities of the cranberry that you may be thankful for:
- Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants seek out free radicals and assist in healthy cell growth. The antioxidants in cranberries may help the body in achieving healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy heart. They also may support the body in fighting infections and in dealing with cancer prevention. In short, they promote general health and wellness in the body.
- Cranberries are also well known for helping the body fight urinary tract infections (UTIs). The reason for this is that scientists have found a quality in the berry where it actually inhibits bacteria, such as E. Coli, from adhering to the lining of the bladder and urethra. Cranberries also may help support the kidneys in helping the body rid itself of toxins. These are important when it comes to dealing with the symptoms associated with UTIs.
Though we’ve given you just two great things to be grateful for in the cranberry, we invite you to see what else it has to offer. Then, count all the blessings you can as you dine on this delicious berry.