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This Antioxidant Powerhouse Is in Season

Posted By Worker Bee On November 1, 2007 @ 2:37 pm In Diet,Nutrition,Prevention,Smart Fuel | 10 Comments

Cranberries. We’re not talking about the aluminum can hunk of gel on your grandmother’s Thanksgiving table. We’re talking about fresh cranberries, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant sources! Fresh, tart cranberries are in season right now and can be found at great prices in many stores.

Cranberries promote urinary tract health, but they are also good for the gastrointestinal tract and the mouth. Recent studies have shown they may play a role in helping to reduce the risk of kidney stones, as well as lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. Not too shabby for this sour little fruit!

Cranberries contain anthocyanadins, potent antioxidants also found in blueberries and pomegranates. As you know, antioxidants fight inflammation and free radical oxidation in your body. Translation: they help prevent aging, disease, and health problems! Cranberries also contain plenty of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. You can stew fresh berries, or pit them and dice them up into salads, or reduce them into a delicious topping for pork, duck, turkey or other meats. Aaron will be bringing you a cranberry recipe later today, so stay tuned!

Rene S [7] Flickr Photo (CC)

Source: World’s Healthiest Foods [8]

Further Reading:

Berries for breakfast [9] (and other tasty breakfast ideas)
A visual guide to antioxidants [10] (fridge-friendly!)

The smartest foods for your body [11]

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