Even though its taste may leave a little more to be desired, research has shown cranberry juice has a multitude of life-saving benefits.
A recent study has shown that cranberry has a number of benefits from slimmer waist lines to better memory.
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A Slimmer Waist And Lower Weight
One of the most surprising new studies links drinking cranberry beverages to a lower body weight, even though they aren’t typically thought of as a diet drink, due to the relatively high sugar and carb content. Those with low-to-moderate intake of the tangy beverage were less likely to be overweight or obese and had smaller waists, compared to non-drinkers of cranberry beverages.
Reducing Heart Attack Risk
Here’s a great reason to go red for your heart health. Low-calorie cranberry juice combats two major cardiovascular risks oxidized: LDL (the problem that leads to buildup of cholesterol plaque in the arteries) and inflammation (the fiery process that ignites heart attacks, as well as other chronic diseases), according to a paper published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
A new analysis published in Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition found that clinical studies “strongly support” cranberry juice as an effective, natural way to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in young and middle-aged women. That’s because compounds in cranberries appear to inhibit bacteria, such as E. coli, from clinging to the walls of the urinary tract and triggering infections. In addition, there is preliminary evidence that the tart berry may also help combat H. pylori bacteria growth in the stomach, thus reducing risk for ulcers, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Cranberry juice appears to act as “Teflon for the teeth,” by preventing cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to them, according to dental researchers from University of Rochester Medical Center. The team reports that compounds in the tangy fruit also helps prevent the buildup of dental plaque. A study in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association also suggests that cranberry polyphenols may reduce inflammation in the mouth—and could be a promising weapon against both cavities and gum disease.
In a 6-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that included 50 adults age 60 and older with no history of dementia or cognitive impairment, twice as many of those who drank a 32-ounce beverage containing 27 percent cranberry juice rated their memory as “improved,” compared to those who drank a placebo beverage.