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Health benefits of cranberries

20th November 2006

The United States National Institute of Health is funding further research into the health benefits of cranberries.

The tart, red berries are full of antioxidants which protect cells from damage by free radicals.

Compounds contained in cranberries have been found in some people to help block urinary tract infections, prevent plaque formation on teeth and kill H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.

It's thought that drinking cranberry juice daily may raise HDL, or good cholesterol, and reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol, in the bloodstream.

The berries may also inhibit the growth of breast cancer, or prevent it starting. Extracts of cranberries have prevented breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube.


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