According to several research studies, cranberries are one of the foods with the highest antioxidant content, since they are an excellent source of phytonutrients anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannins that give them their blue, purple and red pigments.
They are rich in vitamins A, C and E; and a good source of organic acids (such as malic, succininc and citric acids), selenium, manganese and copper, just to name a few important trace minerals. They also provide moderate amounts of the B vitamins, folate and iron. So how do these powerful berries compare to other types of super fruits? Lets take a closer look!
Several aging-related conditions, such as degenerative disorders of many organs and tissues and certain types of cancer, are associated with cellular damage from free radicals. Due to their high content in antioxidants, cranberries can help prevent and fight such free radical induced damages and hence protect the body against the risk of developing aging related diseases and conditions.
Cranberries and Cardiovascular Health:
Cranberries lower the risk of developing heart related ailments and improves cardiovascular health. The flavonoids and antioxidants present decrease the threat of atherosclerosis, a condition in which the arteries get constricted owing to the accumulation of fat in it. This obstructs the flow of oxygen rich blood to various parts of the body which can lead to heart attack or stroke. These compounds suppress the oxidation of low density lipoprotein and encourage the formation of blood platelets.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of garlic is when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts and every Sunday afternoon my entire family would come over to “the house” and my mom would make a big pasta dinner with all the fixings, mamma-mia!! Garlic is a common household herb used in cooking that may also have beneficial health benefits. As a supplement to your diet, this can be consumed raw or taken in supplement form. Garlic tablets that are enteric-coated limit the undesirable odor because they do not break down until the tablet has reached your intestines. Supplements are made from aged garlic, dried garlic or garlic oil.
Blood Pressure And Heart Disease:
Garlic may work to combat different forms of cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic promotes heart health by decreasing homocysteine, C-reactive protein, platelet aggregation, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol.
Garlic and Cancer:
Several long-term studies at various universities around the United States have led researchers to believe may be beneficial in the treatment of cancer. The studies showed that a regular intake of garlic could show as much as a 30 percent reduction in the risk of certain cancers like colorectal cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer. The University of Maryland notes that garlic supplements may also help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and throat cancer as well. Some further studies have also suggested that garlic help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy like fatigue and lack of appetite.