Nekoosa Organic Biodynamic Cranberry Health Benefits
Nekoosa Cranberries have double the anti-oxidants compared to other conventionally grown cranberries to help boost immunity.
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Cranberry is the best source of flavonoids among 30 plant foods studied (Aherne and O’Brien 2002), and the flavonol content of cranberry is twice as high as 12 other commonly consumed fruit juices, including pomegranate and grape (Mullen, Marks, and Crozier 2007).
Cranberries exhibit potent in vitro antiadhesion bioactivity and are present in much higher concentrations in cranberries than in other foods. Animal, human and epidemiologic studies show that various polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that could have preventive and/or therapeutic effects for cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer. Suggested health benefits from cranberries:
- Fight Infections – Many people take cranberry supplements to prevent infections caused by bacteria. Specifically, the proanthocyanidins found in cranberry appear to block the adhesive strands on the E. coli bacteria from sticking to a surface whereby inhibiting their ability to stick to the cell walls in the body.
- Reduction of Dental Plaque – It is believed that cranberry juice can inhibit the aggregation of bacteria that cause dental plaque
- Anti-Cancer Activity – Based on evaluation of several vitro screening tests, it has been suggested that the proanthocyanidin compounds found in cranberry may exhibit some anticarcinogenic activity
- Heart Disease – Cranberry extract has been shown to inhibit low density lipoprotein oxidation. Since this process is believed to be part of what can cause heart disease, prevention of oxidation through cranberry supplementation can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease
- Kidney Stones – Some medical professionals and specialists believe that quinic acid abundant in cranberry may help to prevent the development of kidney stones.