Adding cranberry juice to your diet offers a plethora of health benefits, especially this winter. It’s certainly one of the best juice you can binge on as you go about your festivities and engagements this holiday. While you can easily grab a pack or two from your local store, it’s advisable to opt for natural fresh juice as the before is often loaded with sugar and concentrates. Both of which are just not as healthy as the natural, fresh option.
Fresh cranberries are largely water and contain around 87% of water per 100g. They have a little carbohydrate content at 3.4g per 100g, all of which are natural fruit sugars (glucose and fructose). In addition, they are rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties that fight infections in the body as well as free radicals.
Unsweetened cranberry juice is known to be a low-calorie detox drink. Drinking two glasses of cranberry juice daily may also protect you from cardiovascular diseases as well as aid in keeping diabetes, kidney issues, and dental plaque at bay. The juice may also help in warding off fungal, yeast, and bacterial pathogens, thereby effectively controlling chronic urinary tract infections (UTI) and keeping your intimate areas healthy. However, it should be noted that several studies have indicated that the data on cranberry juice and cranberry supplements with regard to UTIs is inconsistent. Cranberry Juice UTI – article from S T Y L E R A V E.
Check out 7 other health benefits of cranberry juice this winter and beyond…
#1. Improves oral health
Okay, great oral health isn’t relegated to just winter but with the heavy eating going on during these festivities, it makes sense that your mouth gets the loving it deserves for all the hard work it’ll be doing. Cranberries contain a nutrient known as Proanthocyanidins which prevents bacteria from binding together. In addition, “drinking cranberry juice can reduce plaque by up to 95%, decreases the damage to your tooth enamel, reduces gum disease, and also cuts down the amino acids that the bacteria survive on,” according to La Plata Dental.
#2. Fights cold and flu
According to research by the University of Florida, “people who drink a glass of cranberry juice daily see fewer cold and flu symptoms than those who don’t.” Considering its pleasant taste, refreshing effect, and other health benefits, the anti-cold and flu powerup of this juice is just an added benefit. The chilly weather doesn’t stand a chance!
#3. Improves gut health and metabolism
Cranberries are rich in dietary fibers which means they keep your stomach healthy. The holiday season is known for hitting the excess button on foods, drinks, and parties, which aren’t so good for your gut health. By drinking cranberry juice, you help your digestive system to break down the food, thus, making it easier to pass without hassle.
#4. Improves immune function
We can all agree that winter seems to be the perfect climate for all manner of health issues. Why not do more to protect yourself by incorporating cranberries into your lifestyle? A glass of cranberry juice daily can increase your body’s ability to fight ailments, infections, and diseases that are rampant during the winter. Now, that’s surely a glass you should be having more than once.
#5. Prevention of cancer
According to research, the phytochemicals found in cranberry and its extracts are known to work well toward battling cancer cells in a number of ways. The compounds found in cranberry (flavonol & anthocyanin glycosides) have proven beneficial in killing cancer cells and in the prevention of cancer. Cranberries are also known to have slowed down the progress of different kinds of cancers like liver, breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon among others.
#6. It’s anti-aging
We know you like the sound of that. Cranberry juice has high acid content which helps in collagen production. Collagen aids to keep your skin from sagging and getting wrinkled. Winter is notorious for the hard hit it gives our skin, so by loading up on your cranberry intake, avert that. Now, you can say goodbye to wrinkles and hello to fresh, youthful skin.
#7. Healthier hair
While the climate seeks to dry out your hair and make it unmanageable, you can turn to cranberry juice for help. Cranberries have vast amounts of Vitamin C, E, and A, all of which support the well-being of your hair. These vitamins aid in hair development and may repair hair follicles. Which in turn helps the growth and development of your hair. Undoubtedly, this juice should make your binge session this winter.
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