I'd bet that most women are familiar with one particular health benefit of cranberries, preventing UTI’s. Did you know that cranberries have a whole host of other health benefits? Let’s take a look:
5 Health Benefits of Cranberries
1 – UTI prevention: Let’s start with the big one. Research has shown that certain properties in cranberries act as a barrier to bacteria that might latch on to the urinary tract lining, thus preventing infection. If you find yourself with a UTI, drinking cranberry juice may not be an immediate solution, but for women who have recurring UTI’s, drinking pure cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail, sweetened with sugar) regularly may help to reduce the frequency of infection.
2 – Cardiovascular health – Studies have shown that dietary intake whole cranberries (as opposed to extracts/pills) have protective benefits for the cardiovascular system. By eating the whole cranberry, you get the synergistic effects of all of the compounds in the cranberry. By contrast, when you take a cranberry supplement, it is typically standardized to have a certain amount of an ‘active’ component but skimps out on the synergistic compounds found in nature.