The Incredible Cranberry

A little fruit with big benefits

CranberryCommonly associated with Thanksgiving Dinner, cranberries and cranberry sauce offer much more than serving as a colorful accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.

According to a variety of health professionals and sources, such as the Cranberry Institute (, maintaining a lower risk of chronic disease is closely related to maintaining a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

A growing body of research also indicates that phytonutrients (naturally derived plant compounds), especially antioxidants, can help maximize health.

Cranberries and cranberry products reportedly contain noteworthy quantities of antioxidants and phytonutrients that may help protect against cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

In addition, cranberries are said to contain proan-thocyanidins (PACs) that can prevent the adhesion of certain of bacteria (associated with urinary tract infections), such as E. coli, to the urinary tract wall.               

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