Cranberries aren’t just for popping on our Christmas dinner plates alongside the turkey – we need to be incorporating them into our regular diets as they are bursting with health benefits.
Cranberries are full of vitamin C, which is great for our immune systems, so load up on them if you feel a cold or flu coming on. The vitamin C also helps leave skin fresh and firm and helps the production of collagen and elastin.
The antibacterial properties of the fruit can also help fight off infection and can go a long way to helping to improve oral health. Drinking natural cranberry juice (not the shop bought, sugar filled juices) can help fight the bacteria in our mouth as the proanthocyanidins nutrients in cranberries stop it from clinging to enamel on the teeth. Juice can also help reduce plaque from forming.
The nutrients in cranberries are also effective at combatting ageing. They can help stop the degeneration of brain cells, skin cells and organ tissue.
Cranberries are also a natural source of calcium, which is great for strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
If you’re looking for ways of introducing cranberries into your diet, then you can grab a handful as a snack or add them to cereals or granola. You can even incorporate them into your baking, however, the easiest way to consume them is to drink them a juice.