Cranberries are small acidic berry fruits that are native to North America. These fruits have a characteristic bitter taste and can be made into juice that can be sweetened to make it easier to ingest. In order to reap the full nutritional benefits of cranberries, it is recommended that you take the pure, unsweetened natural cranberry juice. You can mix it with water to reduce the tartness.
Native Americans have used these versatile fruits for years for medicinal purposes. Apparently, Native Americans centuries back used cranberries in wound dressing. Anti-oxidants present in cranberries have been found to slow down the activity of free radicals that trigger the development and spread of cancerous cells. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can be prevented by regularly taking a cup of the juice, by making urine more acidic for the necessary hostile environment to keep pathogens away from the urinary tract. The presence of salicylic acid in cranberries can be attributed to reduced swelling and the prevention of the formation of tumor-causing blood clots.
Flavonoids found in cranberry fruits help in the prevention of heart-related conditions like atherosclerosis that inhibit blood supply to the heart due to bad cholesterol blocking the arteries. The flavonoids also inhibit stomach problems like infections that cause ulcers. It also creates a hostile environment for H. pylori that causes these infections. Proanthocyanidin in cranberries also inhibits the growth of plaque-causing bacteria that cause tooth decay. Regular intake of cranberries helps in the maintenance of good oral and dental hygiene. Yeast infection is also another condition that can be treated using the juice. There are many other benefits attributed to cranberries including the treatment of acne, natural hair dyeing, and preventing kidney stones, among others.
To make some fresh natural cranberry juice, just simmeryour berries in a pan with water until they burst. Strain the resultant mixture into a container, allow it to cool and then refrigerate.