What are Cranberries?
Cranberries belong to the family Ericaceae of kingdom Plantae and their edible fruit is a ‘ berry ‘ which is very acidic in taste. Globally, the United States is the leading producer of cranberries followed by Canada and Chile. Its sauce is a very popular festive delicacy and is served at Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners in the united kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
Types of Cranberries:
- Common cranberry or northern cranberry: These are found in the Northern hemisphere and their berries are pale pink to red in color with an acidic flavor.
- Small cranberry: They are found in North America, northern Europe & Northern Asia and are mainly like common cranberries.
- Large cranberry or American cranberry: It is found in North America, the eastern US, and its fruit has an apple-like flavor.
Dried cranberries :
Usually, fresh cranberries have an acidic flavor so mostly they are processed into juice and sauce, some cranberries are dried also. Dried cranberries are half dehydrated and sweetened fresh cranberries. During processing, a lot of sugar is added to dried cranberries, making them poor in nutrients, so organically dried cranberries should be preferred.
Top Health Benefits of Cranberries:
Prevents Urinary tract infections:
Urinary tract infection is one of the most common bacterial infections that occurs mostly in women. Cranberries are rich in phytonutrients called A-type proanthocyanidins or condensed tannins which are the antioxidants that prevent E.coli from attaching to the lining of the urinary tract & bladder. A research article was published in Nutrition Journal in 2013 titled, ‘ Consumption of sweetened, dried cranberries may reduce urinary tract infection incidence in susceptible women– a modified observational study ‘ and as per the results of the research, the consumption of sweetened dried cranberries had a beneficial effect on the reduction of UTIs in susceptible women.
Prevention of Cancer:
Cranberries contain anti-carcinogenic compounds which stop the growth of cancer cells in the body. The phytochemicals present in cranberries prevent tumor growth and the growth of breast, colon, lung & esophageal cancer cells. A research article was published in 2016 titled‘ Cranberries and cancer: An update of Preclinical Studies Evaluating the Cancer Inhibitory Potential of Cranberry and Cranberry Derived Constituents ‘ and as per the results of the research there were positive effects of cranberries cranberry derived constituents against many types of cancers.
Reduces risk of cardiovascular problems:
Due to the presence of antioxidants like anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins & quercetin in the cranberries, they are good for heart health. They are beneficial for lowering blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol, and increase in good cholesterol in our body. Many studies have been conducted on the effect of cranberries on cardiovascular problems, some of them are summarized below :
- In 2006 a research was done by Guillaume Ruel and others on the ‘ Favourable impact of low-calorie cranberry juice consumption on plasma HDL-cholesterol concentrations in men ‘ and as per the results of the research, the daily consumption of cranberry juice resulted in an increase in the levels of good cholesterol in abdominally obese men.
- In 2008 a research was done by I T Lee and others on the ‘ Effect of cranberry extracts on lipid profiles in subjects with Type 2 diabetes ‘ and as per the results of the research, cranberry supplements reduced bad cholesterol in type 2 diabetic patients.
- In 2011 a research was done by Mustalu M Dohadwala and others on ‘ Effects of cranberry juice consumption on vascular function in patients with coronary artery disease ‘ and as per the results of the research, cranberry juice is beneficial for heart health.
Good for oral health:
Polyphenols present in cranberries protect teeth from bacteria that cause tooth decay. The polyphenol sticks around in our saliva and will continue to help our mouth even after we have swallowed them. Many studies have been conducted on the effect of cranberries on cardiovascular problems, some of them are summarized below :
- In 2008 a research article was published titled‘ Potential oral health benefits of cranberry ‘ and as per the results of the research, cranberry components help to prevent oral diseases.
- In 2014 a research article was published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology titled‘ Exploring the role of cranberry polyphenols in periodontitis: A brief review ‘ and as per the results of the research, cranberries proved to be a magical drug for many oral issues owing to their anti-microbial and anti-adhesive properties.
- In 2019 a research article was published in the IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences titled ‘ Oral Health Benefits of Cranberry: A Review ‘as per the results of the research cranberry and its extracts have a lot of potential in controlling oral diseases.
Dried cranberries are a super healthy snack that should be included in our daily diets because of their immense benefits. They prevent urinary tract infections, lower the risk of cardiovascular problems, prevent the growth of cancer cells, and are good for oral health too. We are delivering top-quality dried cranberries at Kashmir basket so grab them before they are gone!