The crunchy bits of delicious freeze-dried cranberries are artfully blended with fine dark chocolate to create the unforgettable taste and incredible health benefits.
Freeze-dried cranberries refer to the process of removing moisture from frozen berries. The removal of water occurs under a vacuum, by gently applying pressure that transforms the frozen water directly into vapor thus creating light and crispy berries. This process preserves the natural organoleptic characteristics of the fresh cranberries, like flavor, color, aroma, and nutrients.
Unique and wild, cranberries are highly regarded for its rich nutritional content and medicinal properties. These berries indeed contain numerous chemical substances that may offer protection from many diseases.
Multiple studies show that it's the overall blend of antioxidants in cranberries that provides us with the strongest health benefits.
Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamins A, ß-carotene, C, E, K and B vitamins.
Pantothenic acid (also known as vitamin B5) is among the most important of the B vitamins for the basic processes of life. In addition to breaking down fats as fuel, pantothenic acid (via the CoA molecule, which is used in many biochemical reactions) is necessary for building fats for storage. You'll also need CoA to build cholesterol in the body, which in turn acts as a building block for key hormones that guide metabolic processes.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to hinder bacteria from attaching to the gums and teeth. In this way, cranberry can help prevent dental plaque, which is one of the causes of gum disease.
Vitamin K works to prevent calcification (a process where calcium builds up in tissues and blood vessels, causing them to harden) from occurring in your arteries, promotes blood clotting, protects your bones from fractures, prevents bruising and provides some level of protection against both liver and prostate cancer.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune function that may help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.
Mineral content includes magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and manganese, as well as a good source of copper.
Copper is a key mineral in many different body systems. It is central to building strong tissue, maintaining blood volume, and producing energy in your cells.
The role of manganese in collagen production makes this mineral important for everyday skin health. Manganese also functions as an antioxidant in skins cells and other cell types. It helps protect skin against oxygen-related damage and against damage from ultraviolet (UV) light. It also helps you metabolize carbohydrates and regulate blood sugar levels.
The phosphorous content in cranberries can help build and strengthen your bones and teeth. Phosphorous also facilitates the activities of many of the body's enzymes.
Cranberries are a rich source of fiber. This promotes healthy digestive activities.
Cranberries provides us with an astonishing array of phytonutrients. The special combination of phenolic acid, proanthocyanidin, anthocyanin, flavonoid, and triterpenoid is very unique. These phytonutrients provide maximal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits only when consumed in combination with each other, and also only when consumed alongside of conventional antioxidant nutrients present in cranberries, like manganese and vitamin C.
The phytonutrients in cranberries have been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits for the cardiovascular system and for many parts of the digestive tract (including the mouth and gums, stomach, and colon).
The unusual nature of proanthocyanidins in cranberries is related to prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs). It may help prevent bacterial attachment to the lining of the urinary tract, and an attachment of bacteria to the stomach lining. There is already some preliminary evidence that cranberries may help protect from stomach ulcer in this way.
Another unique combination of three antioxidant nutrients in cranberries—resveratrol, piceatannol, and pterostilbene. These phytonutrient compounds may provide some equally unique antioxidant properties, and a special ability to support our cardiovascular system in this regard. In studies, these antioxidant benefits have been clearly associated with decreased risk of high blood pressure.
Antioxidant compounds in cranberries such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC's), anthocyanidin flavonoids, cyanidin, peonidin and quercetin may also prevent cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels. Further, these compounds help the human body lower LDL-bad cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood.
Recent studies on the immune support benefits of cranberries are exciting. They have shown the ability to improve multiple aspects of immune function, and to lower the frequency of cold and flu symptoms.
Researches have shown that consumption of cranberries has potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.
Over the past few years, scientists have identified an increasing number of mechanisms that help explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries. With its unique array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, cranberries seem ideally positioned to help us lower our risk of cancer development. Their cancer-preventive benefits are now known to extend to cancers of the breast, colon, lung, and prostate.
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