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The popular healing power of cranberry

  1. In 1845 a barrel of cranberries washed up on Terschelling. This was taken by beachcombers in the hope that it contained something valuable. The barrel is upside down in the dunes. It only contained berries from North America, unfortunately! The seeds sprouted and felt at home in the sandy soil. After that there was no stopping it. The cranberry bush spread throughout Terschelling, the island that the Frisians call Skylge. Before that, this cranberry variety was only known in North America. There are other types of cranberries native to Europe but no products are widely made from them. Nowadays all kinds of cranberry products come from Terschelling such as cranberry jam, compote and tea.

Contents:

  1. Vitamins in cranberries Minerals in cranberry Proanthocyadins in Cranberry Difference in effectiveness Cranberry against cancer Phytonutrients in cranberries Cranberries for the immune system Cranberries good for digestive system Cranberry eating tips

Vitamins in cranberries

  1. Cranberries are rich in vitamin C. One ounce of cranberries contains 22% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C. There is a wide variety of vitamins in this berry: vitamin E ( 8% RDA), vitamin B5 (6% RDA), vitamin B6 (4% RDA) and vitamin K (4% RDA). The cranberry from the North American continent has more vitamins, but they all have percentages below 3%.

Minerals in cranberry

  1. Minerals are abundant in the cranberry. The manganese content is highest: 16% of the RDI. The cranberry contains copper in a reasonable amount; 7% of the RDI. This berry is also rich in iron, although only 3% of the RDI is in 100 grams of cranberries. The other minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are contained with a percentage lower than 3%.

Proanthocyadins in cranberry

  1. Cranberries contain the phytonutrients proanthocyadins that prevent and cure all kinds of bladder and urethral diseases. These ultra-healthy substances also slow down growths in the stomach.

Difference in effectiveness

  1. Cranberries help keep the heart and blood vessels functioning properly. Not every way to eat cranberries is equally effective in terms of nutritional intake. Scientific research has shown that fresh cranberries are better than the same weight of processed cranberries in jams and sauces. Fresh cranberries are rarely for sale in the Netherlands. The healthy effect concerns the antioxidant effect of cranberries, the anti-inflammatory effects and the anti-cancer effect.

Cranberry against cancer

  1. Cranberries are especially effective against prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Some scientific studies have discovered a number of important mechanisms in the cranberry that stop cancerous tumor formation.

Phytonutrients in cranberries

  1. Cranberries contain dozens of different phytonutrients, all of which play a role in body processes. It contains phenolic acids, proanthocyadins, anthocyadins, flavonoids and triterpenids. These are all difficult names, but it is good to know that some of these substances have a stronger effect than some vitamins and minerals that are thought to be very healthy. Many phytonutrients have the property that they enhance the effect of other phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals. As a result, eating fresh fruit has many more health effects than eating vitamin pills containing synthetic variants of vitamins.

Cranberries for the immune system

  1. Scientific research has shown that cranberries boost the immune system. People who regularly eat cranberries are less likely to catch a cold and less likely to get the flu. This is mainly due to the high content of proanthocyadins.

Cranberries good for digestive system

  1. The cranberry is very good for the health of various aspects of the digestive system. As mentioned earlier, cranberries prevent the chance of getting all kinds of growths in the stomach. Digestion starts in the mouth and eating cranberries prevents diseases related to the teeth such as alveolar process, periodontal ligament, gum disease and cementum. In the stomach, cranberries have the effect of stimulating the growth of bifidobacteria. This is a bacterium with friendly properties that makes food digested better. The H. pylori bacteria, on the other hand, a bacteria that can cause disease, is killed by the many phytonutrients in cranberry.

Cranberry eating tips

  1. You can put fresh cranberries in cakes and bread if you like to bake. There is cranberry compote for making sauce. Cranberry sauce is the traditional sauce for a baked Camembert. This combination tastes uniquely good. Cranberry juice is available in any health food store. When you go to Terschelling you can take a few delicious and healthy cranberry products with you. You can put a cranberry bush in your own garden to be able to pick your own cranberries in the future. He likes a bit of sandy soil.



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