1. They’re a Big Source of Fiber
Dietary fiber is important to help regulate your blood sugar, as well as keep you “regular.” And it’s not just bran muffins that contain high levels of fiber – according to Women’s Health magazine, cranberries are up there too in terms of fiber content.
According to the source, 1-cup of whole cranberries accounts for 16-percent of your recommended daily intake. It also notes that cranberries can help you manage your weight because they help you feel fuller for longer.
2. They Might Help Prevent Cancers
While eating whole cranberries is always best, Healthline.com explains that even the juice can have a range of health benefits – one of them being the phytochemical content.
These phytochemicals act as antioxidants, which have been shown to combat free radicals that can cause damage to cells and possibly play a role in the development of certain cancers, such as colon cancer. It may also help lower the risk of heart disease, adds the source.
4. They Can Fight Off Other Illnesses
Along with the possibility of preventing deadly diseases like cancer, cranberries can help prevent you from getting less serious ailments like a case of the sniffles (otherwise known as a cold), says Women’s Health.
That’s because cranberries are loaded in vitamin C – about 19-percent of your recommended daily intake, says the source. “When you’re sick of mainlining oranges (or Emergen-C) during the cold season, reach for some cranberries,” notes the source. If you do get a cold, cranberries may help limit its duration.
5. They’re An Ally To Your Heart
Healthline also explains that the phytonutrients found in cranberries may also help give your heart a helping hand, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. It says that inflammation can damage blood vessels over time, and damaged vessels can attract more plaque, narrowing your blood passages. This is a condition called atherosclerosis.
“Phytonutrients in cranberries could help guard against inflammation, delaying the process and offering protection against heart disease,” it notes.