Imagine a little red berry that may help fight/prevent cancer, age-related diseases like loss of memory, heart disease, ulcers, and even cavities. Sound to good to be true? These are among the health benefits attributed to the Cranberry...you may be more familiar with it as the side dish on your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.
USDA scientists at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have been finding promising results associated with diets high in antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Preliminary studies suggest that diets containing fruits and vegetables with high ORAC values may provide protection against chronic age-related afflictions like loss of coordination and loss of memory. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity which is a measure of the antioxidant activity for a particular food. Cranberries score very high on the ORAC scale at 1750 ORAC units per 3.5 oz. serving.
You may also enjoy visiting "Healthy Natural Honey Cranberry Sauce Recipe" for my home-made healthy recipe for Whole Cranberry Sauce made with ingredients from two vacation locations, Maine and Lancaster, PA., plus pictures of an antique cranberry sorting machine.
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