Cranberries contain vitamins C, B1, B2, PP, which strengthen immunity and help reduce the risk of colds, infectious diseases, and various tumours. Due to the rich content of flavonoids, antioxidants and minerals (potassium, sodium and calcium), these berries normalize metabolism, heart rate and blood pressure, and are therefore recommended for cardiovascular patients and for people suffering from sclerosis and its consequences.
Cranberries have low calorie level but these berries contain a lot of biologically active substances. Organic acids (benzoic acid, hypo/hippuric acid, etc.) promote digestive juice secretion and improve appetite. These berries strengthen blood vessels, reduce cholesterol level in blood, improve body’s metabolic processes and disinfect mouth by destroying unfavourable microorganisms.
Benzoic acid has antibacterial properties. Cranberries have long been considered one of the most effective berries for inflammation treatment. Hippuric acid protects against the development of urinary tract infections, so cranberries are used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. They are an effective diuretic that protects from the formation of kidney stones, as well as accelerate the removal of magnesium and potassium from the body thus reducing the number of kidney stones. Because of high acid content, cranberries and their juice are not recommended for people who suffer from stomach disorders and increased level of stomach acid.
The juice is recommended in the postoperative period to strengthen the body. It is also used against flue and infectious diseases, as well as high blood pressure, bronchitis, metabolic disorders, chronic pancreatitis, colitis, malaria, tuberculosis, inflammation of kidneys and bladder, head and eye pain, atherosclerosis and gynaecological inflammation.