There’s a whole lot of health benefits in cranberries
A study published by the Food & Function journal has shown that health benefits in cranberries include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and boosting the health of our blood vessels. Talk about a great combo.
“The increases in polyphenols and metabolites in the bloodstream and the related improvements in flow-mediated dilation after cranberry consumption emphasize the important role cranberries may play in cardiovascular disease prevention,” said Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, the co-author of the study. “Furthermore, the fact that these improvements in cardiovascular health were seen with an amount of cranberries that can be reasonably consumed daily makes cranberry an important fruit in the prevention of cardiovascular disease for the general public.”
After a clinical trial to research health benefits in cranberries, Rodriguez-Mateos’ team found that freeze-dried cranberry powder could help with heart health. In conclusion, nine grams of cranberry powder would be the same as eating 100 grams of cranberries. They discovered this by conducting experiments on 45 men and providing half of them with 4.5 grams of freeze-dried cranberry powder for consumption, and half of them with a placebo.
The team of researchers then discovered that the half who consumed the cranberry powder gained enhanced vascular functions after the very first day. Through cranberry consumption, the participants received boosts in blood flow to their arteries. After a month, an increase of polyphenol metabolites were found, which prevent oxidative stress.
“Our findings provide solid evidence that cranberries can significantly affect vascular health even in people with low cardiovascular health risk,” said Christian Heiss, a co-author of the study from the University of Surrey. “This study further indicates that specific metabolites present in the blood after cranberry consumption are related to the beneficial effects.”