Cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) is a plant in the family Ericaceae. This amazing gift of nature grows from 10 to 40cm and has the form of bush. It has dark green leaves that are arranged in pairs and alternate. The tips of the branches are in the form of grapes, hanging white or red single flowers that are bell-like shaped. Cranberries are very resistant to cold and ice and can stand up to minus 22 degrees ° C.
Cranberries contain many organic acids, provitamin A (beta carotene), B group vitamins (B1, B2, B3) and many minerals. It also contains many photo-compounds and omega-3 fatty acids.
Cranberry fruits are rich in various protective substances containing minerals such as potassium and other vitamins such as: A and C and fiber. Cranberries are valid for plants whose fruits are a natural antibiotic that destroys harmful bacteria and fungi in the body.
In addition, cranberries have been known as a medicinal herb for a very long time. Its leaves and fruits are used for making medicinal teas. You can make cranberry juice out of fresh berries. Cranberry fruits can also be eaten frozen and dried in combination with sauces and dishes.
This extraordinary plant acts to prevent the growth of cancer cells and their metastatic.
Cranberries reduce blood sugar, which is useful for diabetics. It acts as anti-stress, and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Scientific studies have shown that 3 cups of cranberry juice a day increases the level of antioxidants in plasma by 120%. Such consumption can raise “good” cholesterol in the blood, and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 40%.