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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I have been doing some research on what type of salad dressing to make for Thanksgiving at my in-laws when I decided on a Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette. Then I received an email from John Doulliard about the health benefits of cranberries that I had to share. Its funny how life seems to always synch up!

This little berry definitly packs a powerful punch! Here are 8 benefits of cranberries sure to make you feel good about having a second helping of cranberries this holiday season:

1 - Urinary Tract Support. The most common cause of UTI's is a virulent bacterium called e-coli. Studies show that cranberries may protect against e-coli adhering to the urinary tract wall and thus decreasing the risk and virulence of the infection.

2 - Gatrointestinal Protection. It turns out cranberries may protect your gut, too. They have the same anti-adhering effect on another dangerous bacterium that is linked to gastric cancer and ulcers.

3 - Heart Health. Numerous studies suggest that cranberries may contribute to the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as lowering blood pressure.
4 - Cholesterol. Evidence also suggests that the polyphenols, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid in cranberries may reduce LDL oxidation, cholesterol, platelet clumping, and inflammation.

5 - Immunity. According to Ayurveda, cranberries are the lymph-movers of the winter. The lymphatic system drains every cell and transports the immune system. Not surprising that cranberries have such a global effect on the body's wellbeing: better lymph drainage equals better health!

Cranberries also:
6 - strengthen the gums,
7 - protect the prostate
8 - help to curb the common cold!

Most of us don't think of the holiday season as promoting our health very much. So this Thanksgiving, and throughout the winter, don't skimp on the cranberries!

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