Nutritional qualities and health benefits
- The main quality is its flavonoid content of all types, compounds that give color to the skin of the fruit, from red to dark blue. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power are excellent to prevent joint problems (arthritis, allergies, asthma, rheumatism) blood circulation because the blood thins (varices, cholesterol, hemorrhoids, blood clots, etc..) and health care of the view especially problems sensitivity to light.
- Its content in vitamin C and antioxidant polyphenols increase the immune system.
- Because of their content of sugars (fructose, glucose and sucrose) helps to focus better on the day and help the long-term memory according to studies by Dr. Jeremy Spencer. In addition to being an excellent source of energy to deal with daily effort.
- In weight loss diets are recommended for their ability to alleviate hunger, because the sugars are slowly absorbed and are being consumed by the body slowly.
- Contains significant amounts of benzoic acid, with power antibiotic against infections, bacteria, etc.
- Cranberry juice prevents bacteria from adhering to the stomach wall, serving to prevent and treat gastric ulcer caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
- It contains a chemical that blocks and inhibit pathogens caries.
- Regulates the digestive tract. The fiber is a component found in high concentration in the fruit, especially dry, remedy for constipation and intestinal atony.
- It is rich in tannins, which have an antibiotic to the organism against infections, especially urinary and stop diarrhea to be astringent.
Origin and cultivation
The family of berries is composed of over 100 accepted species. The common cranberry is native to the cold regions of the northern hemisphere, although there are tropical species as far afield as Madagascar and Hawaii.
The main crops are in the United States, Canada, Chile and Eastern Europe.
The scientific name is Vaccinium, Latin was the name given to a type of berry.
- Cranberry has been part of the diet of Arctic peoples for millennia, and remains a very popular fruit in Scandinavia and Russia.
- Amerindians taught to use this fruit to the English settlers and since then is part of the traditional celebration of thanksgiving.
- The dark fruit with black, red or purple colors were already known in Greece and were known as "blood of the titans".
- The dried berries have been used since ancient times as a food supply in winter.
- They were a staple for the Scottish Highlands, which they mixed with milk and made wine with them.
- The plant is also used for ornamental purposes because its leaves in autumn have a spectacular red and pinks tones
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