In today’s venture at looking at each of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic we take a look at cranberries. We normally think of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners when we think of cranberries. More than just something to serve at Thanksgiving cranberries, are a nutritional powerhouse as we shall see. Just one more nutrient that shows why Jule of the Orient truly is such an outstanding product.
Ask anyone you can think of what is the most popular berry juice for health? You’re likely to be told that cranberry juice is the answer.
The cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon L.) is a cousin of the blueberry and huckleberry and bilberry. Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain Northern American states and Canadian provinces in a swampy bog environment.
Native peoples used cranberries as food, in ceremonies and medicinally. Revolutionary War veteran Henry Hall planted the first commercial cranberry beds in Massachusetts way back in 1816.
The majority of cranberries are harvested between September and October.
There has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer product popularity, nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, giving them commercial status as a “superfruit”. But, by far the cranberry’s most popular application is its juice.
Cranberry’s benefits come in a variety of forms.
Cranberries contain bacteria-blocking compounds that are believed to be helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, and scientists now think this same function may be useful in blocking the bacteria responsible for ulcers and certain oral bacteria that can lead to gum problems.
There is no doubt cranberries are a healthy fruit. They contain no cholesterol and virtually no fat and are low in sodium. Various cranberry products may contain substantial levels of dietary fiber and certain vitamins, as well as a variety of phytochemicals that may be beneficial to health. Scientists believe that it is the combined actions of many different phytochemicals that contribute to the overall healthy effects, and cranberries are rich in these compounds.
Cranberries are a source of vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 Thiamine, Vitamin B2 Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 Complex Niacin, dietary fiber and the essential dietary mineral, manganese, as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients such as: Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A,Vitamin K, Beta-Carotene, Lutein and zeaxanthin.
Cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, which provide benefits to the cardiovascular and immune system.