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Health Benefits of Cranberries

December 19, 2016
Fresh and whole cranberries in a bowl

Present before the arrival of the first settlers, cranberries were already used by Amerindians to treat various health problems and for food preservation. During the time of colonization, Europeans consumed this wild fruit mainly for its vitamins C and E. 

Still life photo of a silver spoon with fresh and whole cranberries
Fresh and whole cranberries in a bowl

It is a versatile food that will compliment many winter dishes while offering a much-needed dose of vitamins during this cold season. Especially popular for its juice, cranberry if often used as a sauce in salty dishes as well as in desserts. Fresh, cooked or dried, it is only waiting for you to experiment in the kitchen!

 

As far as its benefits are concerned, cranberry is scientifically recognized for its phenolic components, including proanthocyanidins (PAC). These PACs, which are part of the polyphenol family, are known for their antioxidant properties. 

Fresh and whole cranberries in a bowl

While everyone is praising the merits of antioxidants, we admit it may be difficult to really understand their effects on one’s health. In fact, antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals that are partly responsible for the accelerated aging of the cells, as well as the appearance of so-called « degenerative » diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, cerebral degeneration, inflammatory diseases, cataracts and many acute pathologies.

 

Cranberry is also known for the power of its juice to prevent and fight urinary infections. The list of its benefits is long and is growing longer since it offers a culinary and a nutritional richness which you should definitely explore!

Fresh and whole cranberries in a bowl

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