Cranberry - super food and seasonal favorite
During our last holiday in New York, our regular breakfast deli waitress would recognise us as we walked in, and after enquiring about the progress of our vacation, would bring over a glass of cranberry juice for me and a glass of oj for my husband for us to drink while we ordered.
I have something of a name for myself for liking cranberry juice . The unsweetened variety is refreshing and good for me. It's an antioxidant, for starters, packed with Vitamins C and E as well as fiber. It's good for my digestion , boosts my immune system and apparently can also help in fighting the effects of cancer (probably because it helps the immune system).
More here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142.php and http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/cranberries-year-round-superfood
Got turkey ? Have cranberry sauce.
Got pork ? Have cranberry jelly.
Muffin craving? Add cranberries.
Need a healthy snack? There's always dried cranberries.
Cranberry juice is also a good mixer for spirits, if your taste runs to that.
One contraindication is that cranberries should not be consumed by anyone taking warfarin , because it can cause increased incidence of bruising. That's also true of people taking garlic supplements though, and I know I bruise easily because I take both cranberry and garlic tablets daily.
Yes, cranberry is also available in tablet form, and for those women who suffer from recurrent UTIs, it can be a godsend. It is prescribed as a standard solution for cystitis, no matter how acquired, but there is always the possibility that if a woman is already taking cranberry supplement, the perfect storm to create the UTI may not occur.
I started taking cranberry supplement earlier this year because I had read about its antioxidant and immune system boosting properties, and fancied seeing how that might help me. It has helped me in many more ways than that, so it will become a regular in my supplement regime in one form or another from now on.
Cranberry supplement tablets are available from supermarkets, health food stores and Amazon, at least in the UK.
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