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Cranberry belongs to the genus Vaccinium, which includes such related berries as blueberries, huckleberries, bilberries. This plant loves wetlands and marshes, yielding bright red berries in late autumn. There are numerous types of cranberries growing from Newfoundland and Manitoba in Canada, throughout Virginia and Ohio in US to Eastern and Northern Europe. The most valuable type of berries are wild cranberries, but today most of the cranberries on the market are a cultivated variety. It is a challenging task to harvest cranberries, as one must be in water to have access to them.
Powerful antioxidants, full of vitamin C, tannins and flavenoids cranberries have strong anti-bacterial, anti-septic and immune-boosting properties.
People in Northern cold countries and Native Americans were the earliest to learn about the unique properties of cranberries. In Russia cranberries were stored in wooden barrels with water until the next harvest, as uniquely, cranberries would not lose nutritional and healing properties. Native Americans used cranberries as medicine for disinfecting wounds and treating lung infections. Early colonists in North America named this berry “cranberries”, as they noticed that cranes favored and consumed large amounts of ripe berries.
North America, Northern & Eastern Europe.
Due to its unique composition, cranberry is a popular ingredient in food & beverage industry, confectionary, medicine and skincare.
Cranberry has a strong healing power. It has been shown that antioxidant cranberry inhibits development of tumors.
Cranberry is superb natural remedy for urinary tract infection and kidney disorders, such as kidney stones. They have high antibacterial property, enhancing heathy gums and preventing teeth decay.
Cranberry is an effective and safe remedy for adults and children in time of colds, flues, and fevers. It relieves coughing and reduces high temperatures. Due to high levels of vitamin C, cranberries are a great nutrition supplement for pregnant women and children.
Also, cranberry is a natural antibiotic, preventing the spread of bacteria and infection.
Cranberries are truly a wonderful anti-aging ingredient. They are high in polyphenols, a natural anti-oxidant. Taking 250 ml of cranberry juice will supply the body with 567 mg of polyphenol, clearing free radicals and detoxifying both body and skin.
Similar to citrus, cranberries are high in vitamin C, which make them a great natural skin brightener and remedy for balancing oily skin.
The anti-bacterial properties of cranberries help to clear out acne, pimples, and skin inflammations. Also cranberries tone and smooth skin and tighten pores.
Сranberries should not be consumed – or consumed in moderation – by people with stomach ulcers or gastro-intestinal problems.
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