Nutritional And Health Benefits Of Cranberries

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  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Genus: Vaccinium
  • Sub genus: Oxycoccos
  • Scientific name: Vaccinium macrocarpon
  • Description: The fruit is small, round and red in colour. Each berry has four centrally situated tiny seed enclosed inside the capsules.
  • Vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Lutein, Zea-xanthin, folate.
  • Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc.
Calcium: It is an essential mineral for healthy bones, gums and teeth.

Manganese: an active component of the enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase, is necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, absorption of nutrients, wound healing, and development of bones in the body. The deficiency of manganese can cause joint pains, poor bone health , and fertility problems.

Copper: helps with the formation of collagen, increases the absorption of iron and plays a role in energy production.

Phosphorus: It works in association with calcium to create strong bones, which can withstand the normal wear and tear of human life. It also helps in boosting the health of your gums and tooth enamel.
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Magnesium: helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

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Iron: It helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Iron deficiency can lead to conditions like anemia, chronic anemia, cough, and pre-dialysis anemia.

Zinc: for proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds.

Selenium: an essential trace mineral important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system and fertility for both men and women. It's believed that selenium can benefit heart health by its ability to fight inflammation, increase blood flow, reduce free radical oxidative stress, and help with antioxidant activity.
  • It help prevent tooth cavity due to the proanthocyanidine present in it.
  • Consumption of cranberry held prevent urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer and heart disease.
  • Cranberries is very rich in acidic content which helps in weight loss making it ideal for people that are obese.
  • The presence of antioxidant such as oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC'S), anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, poenidin, quercetin may percent cardiovascular diseases by counteracting against cholesterol plague formation in the heart and blood vessels. Furthermore, these compounds helps the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase the HDL good cholesterol level in the blood.
  • Cranberries is rich in dietary fiber which aid proper digestion and prevent constipation.

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