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Cranberry Health Benefits

It is known that the cranberry is a fruit from North America and has several names, such as blueberry, cranberry and cranberry.

Cranberry, whose scientific name is vaccinium vitis idaea , is an acidic fruit, highly rich in antioxidants and capable of providing well-being.

CRANBERRY BENEFITS

The benefits of this acidic fruit include protection from tooth decay, treatment of infections and inflammatory diseases.

Here are some benefits:

1. Improves cardiovascular health

This fruit helps to reduce the incidence of heart-related diseases, as the flavonoids contained in this fruit, in addition to reducing the threat of atherosclerosis, have antioxidant properties.

2. Helps maintain a healthy pregnancy

It is well known that the drastic increase in blood pressure is a common problem faced by many women during the pregnancy process. Therefore, once the cranberry is consumed, it can help to reduce reflexes due to its vitamin C and E content.

3. Prevents kidney problems

This fruit reduces the amount of magnesium and calcium found in urine. In addition, the polyphenolic properties contained in cranberry help to fight kidney infections.

4. Improves eye health

Cranberry’s antibacterial property neutralizes degenerative diseases and eliminates harmful toxins that protect the eyes.

5. Helps stomach health

Since the cranberry serves as a source of flavonoids, it can help reduce the risk of developing stomach problems, such as gastritis, for example.

There are other benefits regarding the consumption of this fruit, as well as:

– Helps in the treatment of urinary infections;
– Reduces urine odor;
– Prevents colds and flu.

CRANBERRY CONTRAINDICATIONS

It is important to highlight that there is no scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic purposes in breastfeeding and/or pregnant women.

Cranberry juice can increase the amount of vitamin B12 in the body in people who suffer from stomach inflammation and low acidity in the stomach. Therefore, excessive consumption of vitamin B12 can lead to allergic reactions and changes in the spleen.

Therefore, it is essential to consult the doctor before consuming the juice and/or fruit.

WHAT IS CRANBERRY FOR

Cranberry and cranberry juice contain oxalic acid, which can increase the clotting capacity of some medications. In this perspective, individuals who have urinary stones should limit the consumption of this type of beverage.

WHERE TO BUY CRANBERRY

This fruit can be consumed in the form of juice, in natura and also as an ingredient in cake or sweet preparations.

In this sense, fresh fruit can be found in large hypermarkets and horticultural products. Furthermore, it can be found in capsule form, functioning as a selenium, vitamin and zinc supplement.

CRANBERRY PROPERTIES

Since cranberry contains significant amounts of antioxidants, it fights damage caused by free radicals and protects against the growth of tumors and cancer, for example.

It’s important to mention that many doctors suggest eating this fruit as a way to prevent infections and strengthen the immune system.

Next, we will talk about the properties of the minerals disposed in cranberries:

– Selenium: for having antioxidant action, it strengthens the immune system
– Zinc: helps immune system cells and various chemical reactions in the body;
– Vitamin A: is related to physical growth and development and functioning of the immune system

HOW TO PLANT CRANBERRY

Although they are grown for sale, they can also be grown at home.

See below the steps to grow them:

The first step is to choose a type. Once this is done, you should choose the right time of year for planting.

It is known that cranberries can be planted at different times of the year and grown in colder climates. We found great difficulties for such planting due to the hot climate in almost all of the Brazilian territory, however, it may be possible to obtain a small harvest in the southern region of Brazil.

Plants that are in the growing phase, around three years of age, for example, can be planted in the summer, as long as they are acquired in a pot and/or tree fern fiber.

It is essential to prepare the land, as this type of plant has unique requirements. Cranberries, to germinate, need a soil with low pH and high concentration of organic matter. Therefore, periodically it is important to replace the current land.

Before planting, water in a way that does not leave the soil soaked. Since they are not cultivated with seeds but with cuttings, these types of plants do not bear fruit until the third or fourth year of life.

Also from this perspective, plants have a better development in areas of gardens and gardens, as they need space, however, it is also possible to develop in a large pot.

Watch out for weeds, keep plants well watered, fertilize the land, and control pests and diseases.

As this type of plant generally produces about four and a half kilos of fruit for each square meter, it is suggested that, from the moment they are harvested, they are stored in an impermeable container. If the cranberries are cooked, the shelf life in the refrigerator can reach a year.

CRANBERRY CHERRY

This small red fruit reminds us of a cherry and is increasingly popular in Brazil under the name cranberry.

Despite its potential benefits, this fruit requires some care with regard to ingestion. The recommended amount is 480 ml and, if consumed in addition, can lead to stomach pain and diarrhea. As for pregnant and lactating women, this fruit is not recommended due to the lack of research for these cases.

DEHYDRATED CRANBERRY CRANBERRY

Dehydrated cranberry is made up of antioxidants that indirectly can help with weight loss. In this sense, the digestive system speeds up metabolism and inhibits the accumulation of fat in the blood.

Still in this follow-up, dehydrated cranberry can help people who are in the process of weight loss through physical exercise, given that fructose provides energy and greater disposition for the body. Another benefit of this dehydrated fruit is that it helps to relieve daily stress and bad mood, reactions that affect people who are on a diet.

Research is ongoing as to the ideal amount of dehydrated cranberry consumption, however, for people who choose to drink the juice, it is estimated that the amount to be ingested is 200 ml daily.

ACEROLA CRANBERRY

Of all the foods rich in antioxidant nutrients indicated to fight the evils of aging, we would like to mention a special one: acerola!

The tree is known as acerola, a shrub native to South and Central America. The fruit contains about nine times more vitamin C than oranges and is usually found in juice, powder or supplement.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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