Did you know cranberries are ranked at the top of the list for fruits with the highest antioxidant and phytonutrient health promoting capabilities? It's true...they are right up there with blueberries, go-gi berries, and acai berries. There is strong data that shows cranberries help in urinary and bladder health, cardiovascular health, and even have lots of anti-cancer benefits. In fact, historians believe that cranberries made their way into our Thanksgiving tradition because the Native American's not only used cranberries as food, but as medicine! YAY - food as medicine - a group of people after my own heart.
So....since cranberries are not in season for very long...we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to the wonderful health promoting benefits of cranberries in this week's What's That?! Wednesday post. Plus you can find a few recipes using cranberries in our Anti-Inflammatory Diet Holiday eCookbook - on sale now!
Health Benefits of Cranberries:
SPECIAL NOTE: Check with your physician before adding regular cranberry intake to your diet if you are on cumadin or other blood thinning medications or if you have a history of kidney stones as cranberries can increase urine oxolate excretions, which can promote kidney stones.
You can incorporate cranberries into your diet year round with cranberry juice from concentrate, frozen whole cranberries, or even dried, unsweetened cranberries. T'is the season for some savory and sweet cranberry dishes, make sure to check out our Marinated Cranberry Kale Salad for a great seasonal recipe.
In Good Health,
Billie & Jen
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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