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Research suggests that there are multiple, powerful elements found within cranberries that are linked to a variety of health benefits. Besides helping consumers meet their recommended daily fruit intake, cranberries work hard for your whole-body health and can support urinary tract, stomach, oral and heart health.
Cranberries aren't only delicious—they're also packed with surprising one-of-a-kind health benefits. Here's what they can do for you.
The link between cranberries and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is well known. Research has found that the anti-adhesive properties of the cranberry supports urinary tract health. The polyphenols in cranberry, particularly the unique form of proanthocyanidins (PACs), help prevent bacteria from sticking, which leads to promoting urinary tract health. This helps to cleanse and purify the body and reduces the risk of recurrence of urinary tract infections.
Research shows drinking Ocean Spray® Light Cranberry Classic™ fruit drink or eating 50% Less Sugar Craisins® Dried Cranberries daily can help maintain urinary tract health.
Current research suggests this antibacterial effect from cranberries may have benefits for stomach and oral health, but more research is needed. Polyphenols in the cranberry may help reduce bad bacteria in the stomach and mouth to maintain overall health.
A growing number of emerging scientific studies are investigating whether cranberries may support vascular function and possibly offer a natural defense against risk factors related to cardiovascular disease due to the cranberry’s high density of polyphenols. Cranberries contain a greater concentration of polyphenols than most commonly consumed fruit, and, therefore, research suggests that cranberries may help promote circulation, improve blood pressure, and maintain cardiovascular health.
Due to these health benefits, it’s clear why the cranberry has earned its title as a Superfruit.
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