Cranberries are native to North America. Cranberries are a member of the heather family and related to blueberries, bilberries, and lingonberries. They now grow on around 58,000 acres of farmland across the northern United States, Chile, and Canada. Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Due to their very sharp and sour taste, cranberries are rarely eaten raw. In fact, they’re most often consumed as juice, which is normally sweetened and blended with other fruit juices. Other cranberry-based products include sauces, dried cranberries, powders and extracts used in supplements. Cranberries are primarily made up of carbs and fiber. They also boast several vitamins and minerals, including manganese, copper, and vitamins C, E, and K1 and plant compounds, some of which have been shown to be effective against urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- Good source of fiber
- Good source of vitamin C
- May help prevent the risk of UTIs
- May reduce the risk of stomach cancer
- Improves cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- Enhances oral health