WHY WE'RE CRAZY FOR CRANBERRIES
If you think cranberries are reserved for the holiday season alongside your turkey, think again. These small, bright-red berries offer your body so many benefits that they're well worth eating year-round. Plus, they're native to North America, so you can feel good knowing you're probably consuming something semi-local. Let's peek into what cranberries can do for you.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRANBERRIES
Cranberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch. And by helping your body defend against oxidative stress, they reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease, and a bunch of other major health conditions.
They Can Minimize Antibiotic Resistance
A recent study took a look at the way proanthocyanidin, an organic chemical found in cranberries, affected people taking antibiotics. It found that cranberries can help to minimize the antibiotic resistance that can build up over time. This is key if you need to take antibiotics regularly.
Cranberries deliver compounds that fight inflammation. One study found that adults who drank cranberry juice cocktail had lower levels of C-reactive protein, which marks inflammation.
They Can Help to Reduce Blood Pressure
The anthocyanins that give cranberries their vibrant ruby color are great for your blood pressure. In fact, one study found that "a higher anthocyanin intake was associated with significantly lower central systolic blood pressure" (the pressure on your blood vessels when your heart beats).
They're Great For People Who Often Get UTIs
Cranberry consumption is linked to fewer UTIs. That's because those proanthocyanidins we mentioned earlier make it harder for some types of bacteria adhere to the walls of your urinary tract. If you deal with recurring UTIs, opt for cranberry capsules. They contain more of those proanthocyanidins than other cranberry options.
We love cranberries and are definitely trying to capitalize on their health benefits. That's why our Original JOJO's Chocolate 70% dark chocolate bar is topped with a generous sprinkling of cranberries, along with pistachios and almonds. Plus, it's got just 8 grams of sugar per serving and you get 5 grams of plant-based protein, too. We think it's a pretty great way to treat yourself - and treat your body right.