Cranberries may provide unique bioactive compounds that may help reduce the incidence of certain infections, improve heart health and temper inflammation.
The studies show that the bioactive compounds found in cranberries can improve heart health. For example, the polyphenols found in cranberries have been shown to promote a healthy urinary tract and exert protective benefits for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.
Medical experts from Tufts University, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University, Rutgers University, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and Heinrich-Heine-University in Germany contributed to the study.
Study authors concluded that the cranberry fruit is truly special because of the A-type proanthocyanidins (a polyphenol from the flavanol family), in contrast to the B-type proanthocyanidins present in most other types of berries and fruit.
The study appeared in latest edition of the international journal Advances in Nutrition.
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