Crimson cranberry is a tiny emblems of autumn, particularly in the American northeast. And cranberries are a staple at the Thanksgiving table. We think of them almost as decoration but the health benefits of cranberry are many–and some of them might surprise you!
A brief history of cranberries in America
They are among North America’s native fruits and were originally named “craneberries” by the Pilgrims, who thought the plants’ blossoms resembled the bill of the Sandhill crane.
By the Nineteenth Century, the popularity of cranberries took off in Europe. And farmers began to plant the American fruit throughout Britain and Scandinavia.
Thanks to Ocean Spray, cranberries are now enjoyed year-round in juice blends, the Cape Codder cocktail and dried and served like tart raisins. (But if you want to experience the best of fresh cranberries, try my candied cranberry recipe.) However, they’re better known as an aid in fighting urinary tract infectious than as a tool in amorous pursuits.
The aphrodisiac power of cranberry
But these glistening, red globes are packed with nutrients beneficial to sexual health. For starters, one of the most notable benefits of cranberry is that this crimson fruit is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is clinically proved to keep sex glands running. The berries are also a source of vitamin A, important for reproduction. (Incidentally, vitamin A is also key for a healthy immune system.)
In addition, cranberries aid the circulatory system. And since poor circulation leads to sexual dysfunction, this alone should be enough reason to make you want to eat more cranberries. The benefits of cranberry, more specifically cranberry juice on the circulatory system, are documented in studies like this one. But if that isn’t enough, consider the fact that cranberries are a good source of fiber, great for keeping you long, lean and ready for action in and out of the bedroom.
More health benefits of cranberry
A relative of the blueberry, cranberry is an excellent source of antioxidants. (In a recent study, cranberry juice rated among the five highest juices for antioxidant activity. In fact, it was right up there with grape juice and red wine).
To reap the most antioxidant rewards, choose the most ripe berries you can find. A product of the ripening process is something called NNC’s, (nonfluorexcing chlorophyll catabolytes). These NNC’s are powerful antioxidants that protect the plant, (not to mention the human body, once the NNC’s are ingested).
Look for the brightest, sexiest red berries and start pumping up your libido with vibrancy of tart cranberries.
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