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Cranberry Juice: The Benefits and Why I Drink it

Cranberry Juice: The Benefits and Why I Drink it

Lately, I have been drinking cranberry juice. Thinking about it, I would not know this juice existed if I didn’t get sick. I’m a sickly child and I didn’t live healthily. I love junk foods and carbonated drinks. When I went and lived with my aunt in Manila to study, I didn’t know how to cook. I only know the very simple dish, a fried dish to be exact, I’m living on a fried egg and instant noodles at the time. It’s no surprise that I got a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that didn’t happen until the pandemic.

I didn’t find out about my UTI until it was severe. I am okay now, I have proper medication and am trying to live a healthy life. Since then Instant noodles are a no for me, I still eat them every once in a while however, It’s strictly limited. As well as carbonated drinks, I learned the hard way. Cranberry juice is one food that helps prevent UTIs, not cure, prevent. I started drinking this to prevent having UTI again other than it has more benefits to offer, here are some.

Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Maintain Healthy Digestion

Cranberries have a compound that improves digestion. These compounds are phytochemicals, they prevent a certain bacteria called H. pylori from growing and multiplying. Drinking Cranberry juice prevents the growth of these bacteria in the stomach and promotes healthy digestion.

Improve Heart Health

Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, a chemical that improves the health of the heart. Vasorelaxation properties are also present in cranberry juice. This means that drinking this juice helps relax stiff blood vessels in our body and lowers blood pressure or hypertension.

Improves Dental Health

Proanthocyanidins are present in Cranberry juice, a chemical compound that helps prevent UTIs and also helps prevent cavities. A protective layer is created on your teeth when you drink this juice. This film-like protection makes it difficult for cavities to form in teeth.

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Improve Healthy Skin

Cranberry juice is rich in vitamins specifically vitamin C and because of that this drink greatly improves skin health. Vitamin C contains antioxidants that help defend against the damage of UV light. It is also known to help to stave off wrinkles. 

A Good Source of Vitamins

Cranberry juice can provide your daily allowance of vitamin C and E. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells and DNA in our body. It helps reduce the risk of cancer and other heart diseases. It also provides your daily vitamin E which is important for the health of our skin, blood vessels, and heart. 

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