Health Benefits Of Cranberries

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Cranberry CandlesPhoto by Chris Potako
Cranberry, lat. Vaccinium macrocarpon, is a bushy plant with red bitter fruits. Originally from North America, where the natives has long been used Cranberry as food, medicine and in religious purposes. Because of its ingredients rightfully belongs to the plants with the most healing properties in the world.

Composition and healing properties of cranberries

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Cranberries are rich in fiber, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other micronutrients. 100 g fresh cranberries contain only 15 calories while the energy value of 100 g of dried cranberries is 60 calories. Cranberry concentrate is commonly used in the treatment of infections of the bladder caused by E. coli . In addition cranberries can be used in treating of: bacterial and fungal infections, ulcer, diseases of the teeth and gums, immunocompromised cases, diabetes, eye diseases, then, as prevention of cardiovascular disease, as the prevention of breast, stomach and colon diseases.

Recipe – cranberry sauce

Ingredients:

  • 200 g of dried or frozen cranberries
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • 200 ml orange juice
  • 300 ml of water
  • half an orange
  • 40 g of fresh ginger

Preparation: In a bowl, combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice and water. Grate the zest of half an orange and cut into several slices, then peel the ginger, and all together add into the cranberries. Cover, put on a low heat and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the sauce is ready, remove the pieces of ginger and orange and put sauce in serving dish.

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