Sexy fruit! First thing that comes to my mind seeing Cranberry is, Romance. This is due to its nature’s gifted glossy scarlet red colour and the round shape. It tastes very bitter and tart, sometimes it is even sour but they are filled with antioxidants and many essential vitamins.
These berries can be consumed in many ways, pop them in your mouth directly, or drink its juice or use them in recipes. They can always keep you healthy. Read on to know the cranberries health benefits
Health Benefits of Cranberries:
1. Sexual Health – An Aphrodisiac for Men:
Cranberries help to keep the sex glands running, since they are rich in Vitamin C. Cranberry is useful for reproduction and immunity as it also contains vitamin A.
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2. Treats Urinary Tract Infections:
For women, drinking one glass of cranberry juice daily helps to heal urinary tract infections. Keep consuming this continuously for a week to see results. Thus, enjoy cranberries juice health benefits.
Boil some cranberry leaves or fruits. Strain and drink for treating diarrhoea or dysentery.
Consuming cranberry or even applying its pulp can help to get rid of acne and blemishes. This method even helps to give a natural glow and blush to your face.
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5. Anti Ageing:
Due to antioxidants in cranberries, your body can get rid of all the free radicals that lead to the ageing process. This helps your skin to look young.
6. Dental problems:
Cranberries should be consumed daily to avoid dental problems like gum diseases, cavities and plaque.
7. Kidney and Bladder:
Citric acid and other nutrients in cranberries help to prevent kidney stones and bladder problems.
8. Heart Diseases:
Cranberries are very good for the heart in many ways. They help to reduce the bad cholesterol levels which clog the arterial walls. Hence, they also reduce the chances of heart attacks.
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Cranberries can prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying.
10. Weight Loss:
Cranberries contain antioxidants, which help to flush out the system. This helps improves your metabolism and digestive system thus making you lose weight quickly.
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Skin Benefits of Cranberry:
The high percentage of Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5 and antioxidants in this fruit makes it useful in shielding our skin against any harm caused due to environmental factors. Some of the benefits of cranberry for our skin are:
11. Halts Premature Aging:
Free radicals are present in the atmosphere and in some of the products used by us. These free radicals can cause the skin to age prematurely. The juice of cranberry contains antioxidants, which fight against the free radicals to slow down the process of aging, making the skin look firm and beautiful.
12. Protects Skin and Makes it Healthy:
Vitamin C, one of the amazing components contained in cranberry juice, is essential for the formation of hydroxylisine, hydroxyproline, and amino acids required by the body to produce collagen. Oxygen and other important nutrients are responsible for keeping the skin firm and soft. They also make the skin look radiant and young. The collagen present in the cranberry juice helps to serve this purpose. Drinking cranberry juice regularly also protects the skin against the harsh weather conditions in winters.
13. Works Well for Oily Skin:
Cranberry is acidic in nature. This helps to treat the oily skin. Mix some grounded oatmeal to the cranberry juice. Add a quarter cup of sugar and olive oil in the mixture. Blend everything together to make cranberry exfoliate. Rub this mixture gently on the oily skin. Rinse it with warm water and wipe it out gently. This mixture prevents sebum formation; thereby helps to exfoliate the skin to offer it an oil-free look. The juice can also be mixed with honey. Rub the mixture on the face. Rinse it off with lukewarm water after leaving it for about 20 minutes. This works as an effective toner for the skin.
14. Anti-acne Treatment:
With antiseptic properties, Cranberry works to treat acne and boils. The antioxidants called resveratrol found in cranberry juice work effectively in eliminating pimples and acne. This juice, when used as a primary ingredient to make a face mask, brings brightness to the skin and makes it look fresh. To prepare this face mask, mix cranberry juice with a little amount of honey. Add powdered orange peel to the mixture and make a fine paste. Apply this mixture on the face and keep it for 20 minutes.
15. Cleanses Skin:
Apply cranberry pulp on the face after cleansing with facial steam. Wet a face cloth with warm water and place it on the face. Make sure that the juice does not get into the eyes. This procedure helps the skin to absorb all the benefits more efficiently. Wipe it out and rinse off after leaving it for 5 minutes. This will definitely help your skin look sparkling clean.
16. Natural Lip Gloss:
Cranberry can be used to make an all natural lip gloss. The emollients and antioxidants present in it help in keeping the lips healthy. Take 1 tbsp of almond oil, 1 teaspoon of each petroleum jelly and honey. Add 10 -12 cranberries to the mixture. Mix all the ingredients together. Keep this mixture in microwave for about 1-2 minutes and let it heat until it begins boiling. Gently mash the cranberries and stir the mixture well. Let the mixture sit for sometime till it comes to normal room temperature. Remove the cranberry pieces by straining the mixture. Stir the mixture and allow it to cool down. Now, apply a small amount of this mixture onto the lips. This will keep the lips look moist and help them remain healthy always.
Cranberry Benefits for Hair:
Cranberry has some amazing hair benefits too.
17. Natural Hair Color:
Cranberry can be used as a natural hair color. To prepare this hair color, mix a cup of cranberry juice with a quarter cup of water. First, wash your hair as usual. Then use the mixture for the final rinse. This rinse offers a rich texture to the hair.
18. Prevents Hair Fall:
We already know that cranberry juice is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are essential for promoting hair growth. Drink Cranberry juice regularly to keep hair strong and prevent hair fall.
19. Treats Dandruff:
Many scalp conditions can be treated with the help of cranberry juice. The properties, such as anti-fungal and anti-septic help in preventing dandruff. These properties also contribute to prevent psoriasis. It can be applied on the scalp directly to eliminate the conditions. Damaged hair can be treated effectively with the use of cranberry juice as cranberry juice contains Vitamin C.
Selection and Storage of Cranberries:
Whenever selecting cranberries, make sure to choose the fresh ones. The color of the fruit should be deep red. The good quality cranberries feel firm to the touch. Always use the plump cranberries. Check if the berry bounces—the bouncier the berry, the firmer it is.
Fresh cranberries can be stored for a period of 20 days, if refrigerated. Be sure to remove pitted, discolored, soft or shriveled ones before storing them. The cranberries may look moist when they are removed from the refrigerator, but it does not indicate any spoilage. Reject the fruits, if they feel leathery, sticky or discolored. Once frozen, the fruit can be stored for several years. Spread the cranberries evenly on a plane cookie sheet and keep it in the freezer. Transfer the cranberries to an air tight bag after leaving it in the freezer for a couple of hours. The berries will become soft once they are thawed, so use the berries immediately.
Tips for Usage:
Fresh cranberries should be rinsed with cool running water before using them. When you use frozen berries in recipes, which does not require cooking, thaw and drain well the berries before using. But, when using in recipes, which require cooking, berries should not be thawed to retain the flavor. But the best way to enjoy the goodness of these berries is to consume them fresh.
So, enjoy this wonderful fruit as a juice or eat it raw—no matter how you consume it, it will provide effective nourishment to your skin and hair, not to mention your overall health. So, are you game for a glass of fresh cranberry juice?
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Nutritional value of Cranberry:
Cranberry is very rich in vitamins B and C, minerals, potassium, iron and calcium.
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USDA Cranberry Nutrition Chart:
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.13 g||<1%|
|Dietary Fiber||4.6 g||12%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.295 mg||6%|
|Vitamin A||60 IU||2%|
|Vitamin C||13.3 mg||22%|
|Vitamin E||1.20 mg||8%|
|Vitamin K||5.1 µg||4%|
Some important tips:
1. Always wash cranberry thoroughly and gently.
2. Use fresh Cranberry for best results.
3. Always choose fresh, plump and deep red in colour cranberries
4. Do buy firm cranberries.
5. Cranberry leaves should be kept in a cool, dry and dark place.
6. Store cranberries in a refrigerator, they remain fresh upto 20 days. Don’t store them at room temperature.
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