Cathy Isom checks out cranberries and how they are the Thanksgiving superfood with impressive health benefits. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.”
When it’s time to sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget to pass the cranberries. These little red berries have so many healthy reasons to deserve a place on your plate. They’re low in sugar, high in antioxidants and include vitamins A and C. Cranberries also help to increase immune function, especially against colds. The chemicals within cranberries have antiseptic properties, allowing them to destroy microorganisms and bacteria.
Cranberries and cranberry juice have cardiovascular benefits. Studies have shown the fruit’s polyphenols, as well as its anthocyanins — those compounds that give cranberries their vibrant red color — are responsible for breaking down plaque deposits in artery walls. They’re also known to fight against urinary tract infections.
Fresh cranberries are available from October through December. Many grocery stores also carry them frozen year-round.
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