Lose weight and fight cancer with cranberries - 11 reasons you should be eating this superfood

2016-09-16 00:00:00

 Eat cranberries to lose weight, fight cancer, ward off kidney stones, climb faster and feel healthier    

As we head into spring many of us will come out of hibernation (or recovery from sickness) and begin cycling again.

If you've gained a bit of weight or you're looking for more energy to ride faster up hills a sure fire way to improve your fitness is to lose weight and to get more polyphenols, vitamins and nutrients in your diet that assist with recovery and blood oxygen transport.

In a sport where an eight kilogram bike is considered heavy losing only a few kilos can make a a significant difference to your speed.

We all know the tried and proven ways to lose weight; eat healthier, burn more carbs by exercising more, stress less (for most people this helps), eat less calories, don't eat carbs in the evening, drink less alcohol, drink weight loss drinks, consume less sugar and taking drugs like EPO (kidding).

But what if I told you there might be a new and easier way to lose weight, a way that very few people know about! Since reading about this superfood I have started eating it every day and I have to say that I have noticed the effects within a very short time.



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World specialist in the health effects of berry fruits, Prof Desjardins presented the findings of his research in Brisbane last Thursday at the International Horticulture Congress.

He said clinical trials were currently being done to prove the effect in humans but a previous study of 30 overweight men given a cup of cranberry juice a day, found they lost about 1cm of waist girth.

“At the time we could not explain this effect, now we believe it stimulated their anti-obesity bacteria,” Prof Desjardins said. “...the point is, eat berries, they may modify positively your bacteria and you may lose weight.”

While it is not yet clear how much people would have to consume to get the most effective weight loss effects, Prof Desjardins said the amount of cranberry extract given to the mice was equivalent to about half a cup, possibly up to one full cup of berries each day. “So it’s easily reachable, it’s a reasonable amount,” said the Professor.

He said it is possible to get the benefit from both cranberry and blueberry juice but not from sugary apple juice (don't drink apple juice if you want to lose weight!). Doctor Desjardins said the compound found in cranberries could also decrease visceral obesity, improve insulin sensitivity and prevent metabolic endotoxemia.

“Our findings provide strong evidence that we can favour the development of a beneficial gut microbiota by consuming berry polyphenols and that these useful bacteria may improve metabolism in obese and type 2 diabetic patients.”

 Harvesting cranberries in North America    



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 Here's a list of 10 extra reasons why you SHOULD be eating cranberries every day!    

 Cranberries are a superfood    

1. Raw cranberries have been called a superfruit for good reason. They contain a high level of nutrients and antioxidant,

 Packed with vitamin C    

2. Cranberries are packed with vitamin C, and if you don't know why we need vitamin C click here:         www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/vitamin_c_why_do_we_need_it      

 Plus manganese...    

3. the essential dietary mineral manganese, as well a host of other essential micronutrients in amounts large enough to have significant positive health benefits.

 Cranberries can help ward off cancer!    

4. Cranberries are an excellent source of polyphenols which are under active research for benefits to the cardiovascular system and immune system, and as anti-cancer agents. Raw cranberries and cranberry juice are abundant food sources of polyphenols such as proanthocyanidins, flavonols and quercetin. These compounds have shown possible activity as anti-cancer agents in vitro.

 They reduce tooth decay:    

5. Cranberry juice contains a high molecular weight non-dializable material that is under research for its potential to affect formation of plaque by Streptococcus mutans pathogens that cause tooth decay.

 They help prevent kidney stones:    

6. Cranberry juice is also currently being studied for possible positive effects on kidney stone formation.

 They're packed with dietary fiber:    

7. If you sometimes struggle on the toilet it might be magic to your ears to find out that eating cranberries will help you stay regular.

 And last, they taste good!    

8. There's another reason that cranberry drinks are flying off the shelves, they taste awesome.    

So, lose weight, ride faster, reduce the risk of cancer and stay healthy by eating only 100 grams of cranberries per day.

 Lose weight!    

9. Clinical trials prove that eating cranberries can improve gut bacteria and metabolism rates, leading to weight loss

 Bladder health    

10. Cranberries lead to improved bladder Health: Science says that PACs have a unique ability to cross link or attach to the lining of the bladder and urinary tract, thus inhibiting the attachment and growth of bacteria, including E. Coli, a common cause of urinary tract infections. This explains why cranberry juice has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine to promote resolution of and even reduce the frequency of bladder infections.

 Stomach Health    

11. Stomach Health: Similarly, some stomach ulcers are related to the overgrowth of the bacteria Heliobacter pylori. PACs act similarly in the stomach lining by preventing the attachment of this bacteria and thus lowering the chances for its growth, which leads to symptoms such as burning and pain and ultimately ulceration of the stomach lining.

 Cranberries are a cancer fighting superfood. And they're also great to take to work with you or to put in your jersey pocket.