Cranberries are popular this time of year, and rightfully so because their health benefits extend well beyond their festive appearance. Cranberries have a high concentration of vitamin C, A, E, and K, manganese, copper, and fiber. They are most commonly consumed to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to antibacterial compounds which help to reduce the colonization of E. coli within the bladder. Our own Bladder Brake contains 200mg of cranberry fruit extract, which, along with other vitamins and extracts, helps to reduce the frequency of bathroom breaks and decrease leaks.
Eating cranberries can also help to reduce the formation of plaque on teeth, which stops new cavities and gum disease from developing. The high concentration of vitamin C strengthens the immune system and helps to reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Drinking cranberry juice regularly can reduce overall swelling and decrease blood pressure, however, make sure that you are eating fresh cranberries or 100% pure cranberry juice, as most dried cranberries and juice blends often lack vital nutrients and are high in sugar.