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Nutritionally, cranberries are known to be a great resource of vitamin C. One-half cup of fresh cranberries contains 11% of your daily recommended quantity of vitamin C, along with 1.6 grams of fibre -- all for a total of 23 calories (96 kilojoules). However the real nutritional story behind this berry is because of its powerful phytochemicals. That is what ranks it in the nutritional hall of fame for fruits.


4 Top reasons to Eat Cranberries Year-Round
1. Cranberries are an excellent source of two kinds of powerful phytochemicals: flavonoids (anthocyanins, flavonols, proanthocyanidins) phenolic acids. Recent lab study results recommend that the three flavonoid phytochemicals interact with each other for optimum impact on controlling the growth of numerous human cancer cells.
2. Research has shown that foods containing the phytochemical grouping -- flavonoids -- may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Guess what's loaded with three different flavonoids -- cranberries!
3. When researchers from Cornell University analyzed common fruits, they discovered that cranberries had probably the most antioxidant activity, the strongest effect on inhibiting human cancer cells, and the most effective phytochemicals.
4. Cranberries contain two compounds that seem to keep certain bacteria (like E. coli) from attaching to the urinary tract wall. Studies offer evidence that ladies who drink cranberry juice may suffer fewer symptomatic urinary tract infections.
10 Foods to Boost With Cranberries
The only way to eat cranberries year-round is to use frozen cranberries and dried cranberries. To do this, we obviously need to go beyond the traditional cranberry sauce and cranberry nut bread. But that is not a difficult task. Here are 10 varieties of food items to which you can easily add cranberries:
Pancakes and waffles
Muffins and breads
Fruit desserts, pies
Fruit juice blends
Meat entrees
Holiday stuffing
Fruit and green salads
Jell-O salads
Sauce (to garnish meat and sandwiches)