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Cranberries—that tiny gem like globe is packed to bursting with health benefits far exceeding those of many other fruits. Lots of vitamin C and dietary fiber, yes, but so much more. You may know that people drink cranberry juice to prevent and help treat urinary tract infections. But the beneficial effects of cranberries are astonishingly varied: they promote gastrointestinal and oral health; lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol; aid in stroke recovery by improving blood vessel function; inhibit kidney stone formation; and possibly even help ward off cancer. More recent studies suggest that cranberries may hold promise for those with herpes simplex virus and peptic ulcer.
Cranberries appear to work medicinally by keeping bacteria and other germs from sticking to various parts of your anatomy (for example, the bladder wall and gums). Certain compounds in cranberries also seem to act as natural probiotics by supporting healthy bacterial growth in the gut. With five times the antioxidants of broccoli and higher levels of polyphenols than 19 other common fruits (including apples, strawberries and grapes), cranberries are fierce warriors for cardiovascular health. Proanthocyanidins, a particular group of antioxidants found in cranberries and grape seeds, have been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, particularly those cells associated with breast cancer.