Go Beyond Your Normal Understanding of Cranberry Juice

Who doesn’t love a glass of fruit juice every once in a while? Many people enjoy a glass of orange juice with their breakfast each morning, while others turn to apple juice to satisfy their sweet tooth in a healthy manner. However, you don’t often hear about, let alone see, people drinking a glass of cranberry juice. It is true that this may be due to the sour and sometimes unpleasant taste of cranberry juice, but the truth is that cranberry juice is absolutely chock full of important health benefits. In fact, people have been turning to cranberry juice as a healthy aide for thousands of years, yet it goes largely unnoticed in today’s society, for the most part. After reading an article by We Women about the best health benefits that come with cranberry juice, I decided to pass along the knowledge I learned here with you guys.

If you do know anything about the health benefits of cranberry juice, it may be because you were recommended to drink it by a doctor in order to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (this is how I was first turned on to cranberry juice after all). It is true that cranberry juice has been proven as a wonderful natural way to prevent and even treat urinary tract infections. This is because there is a compound in cranberry juice that prevents harmful bacteria from latching on to your urinary tract. If you are prone to getting urinary tract infections, be sure to always have a container of pure cranberry juice in your pantry.

Cranberries are also great for improving heart health as well, since they contain flavonoids prevent the arteries from constricting. Cranberries can also improve and stabilize cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the body. Still, the most interesting health benefit I learned about cranberry juice is that is can actually prevent tooth decay, thanks to its proanthocyanidins, which is the same compound that helps to treat urinary tract infections. As long as you are not downing cranberry juice that has had sugar added to it, your teeth will thank you.

If you want these health benefits, but are having a hard time with the sour taste, there are some options for you to try. First, you can try diluting the juice with water to see if that becomes more manageable for your taste buds. If this still does not help, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about starting up cranberry pill supplements.

 

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