Red, sour and… healthy! Cranberry juice – rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and containing high concentrations of flavonoids can improve your health. Check out how.
TOP benefits of cranberry juice
Inflammation can cause a very bad conditions to your organism. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases like cancers, heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis or atherosclerosis. Dr Axe claims that actually inflammation is responsible for most of diseases. The problem is that modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, not addressing the root cause of an issue. I agree, the example is ‘treating’ hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s by majority of doctors nowadays – treating just symptoms by levothyroxine, with no diet (no food sensitivities & nutrients deficiencies checking). Cranberry juice or cranberry concentrate has strong anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ll drink it daily, you can prevent inflammation in your body.
Source of iodine
Cranberries are one of the worlds best iodine rich foods! Iodine helps your thyroid to function properly – actually if you are hypothyroid lack of iodine may be one of the reasons why you are in this condition. 4 ounces of fresh cranberries contains 400 micrograms of iodine! You can easily supply daily iodine portion by drinking cranberry juice.
Note: Many hypothyroidism cases are actually caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It was found in some research that increasing iodine intake could actually cause your thyroid issues to worsen if you have Hashimoto’s. Instead, reducing iodine intake may be the solution – this is why iodine is such a controversial topic.
According to livestrong.com cranberry juice can help prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to the stomach walls:
A May 2008 study published in “Nutrition” reported cranberry juice curbed growth of a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, the main cause of stomach ulcers and a risk factor for gastric cancer. Cranberry juice also helps maintain the healthy balance of beneficial bacteria.
Many patients with hypothyroidism reports food sensitivities, digestive problems, gluten intolerance. Usually this is the root of their autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s. Make sure you take care of your stomach and intestines by eating anti inflammatory foods.
Urinary tract health
Cranberry extract is added to most of the medications preventing urinary infections. Have you ever wondered why? Some studies shows that cranberry juice reduces the number of potentially harmful bacteria in the bladder. However, you must remember that even though it may prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls, it does not mean cranberries reduce its amount or kills them. I would recommend using it as a support, but if you have a serious infection, you’d better visit your doctor gynecologist.
Find a good cranberry juice
Many juices contains a lot of sugar and more water than fruits. Make sure your juice does not contain sugar or sweeteners, it must be pure organic cranberry juice. I use concentrate, because I know that this is 100% cranberry. It is a bit sour, but if you add some filtered water with a spoon of organic honey it tastes very good. Enjoy!