Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Health & Nutrition: Knudsen Unsweetened Organic Cranberry Juice

We know cranberry sauce as a staple during the holiday season, but cranberries are a superfood that you should enjoy all year round.
I keep a juice container made up of 1 pint R.W. Knudsen Just Cranberry and top it off to the 64 oz. line with filtered water.  I drink a cup every morning along with my green tea with lemon and sassy water (filtered water with lemon and cucumber) before eating.

A friend introduced me to this method several years back. She claimed it helps flush fat and toxins from the body and helped her to loose fat in her upper arms. She had tried everything prior to that - exercise, diet, etc., but the fat on her upper arms remained stubborn....until this. 

She said her Mom also had similar success. That day when she went over to Whole Foods to pick up lunch, I asked her to pick up a bottle of the cranberry juice for me. I figured out the ratio of water to juice myself as she drank hers straight.  Just a little too tart for me straight. :=)

After reading up on the benefits, I discovered you don't need to ingest the straight juice to get the benefits and cutting it with water is fine.  This juice is unsweetened and I do not add any sweetener. I prefer the tart taste, but some might find it a little too much. I can definitely say after using this off and on for several years, it definitely does help eliminate fat and toxins from the body from experience.  I've told several friends who have had similar success. In addition, they are a wonderful antioxidant loaded with other benefits detailed below.

Whole cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable--including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. Cranberries are also a good source of many vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, ß-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and folate and minerals like potassium, and manganese.
Treats Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry juice can help block urinary tract infections. It contains proanthocyanidins, which help to prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the uterus and bladder.

Fights Cancers

Laboratory studies have shown that cranberry extracts can prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying. Other studies showed that cranberries helped to inhibit the development of cancerous cells in lab animals. Other cancers that may be prevented by using cranberries are colon, prostate and lung.

Fights Heart Disease

Cranberries are very good for the heart in several different ways. They help to lower the bad cholesterol levels which can clog the arterial walls. They also help to prevent plaque from forming on the arterial walls, which can lead to atherosclerosis, (the hardening of the arteries). As a result, your chances of a stroke are reduced, and if you have suffered from a stroke, cranberries can help you to recover from it.

Helps Kidney and Bladder Problems

Cranberries contain citric acid and other nutrients that can prevent kidney stones, and other kidney and bladder problems.

Prevents Dental Problems

Consuming cranberries on a regular basis can help you to avoid dental problems such as gingivitis, um disease, cavities and plaque build-up.

Anti-Aging Properties 

The antioxidants contained in cranberries will help your body to get rid of all the free radicals which contribute to the aging process. They will not only help your skin to look young, but your internal organs will also be able to function longer without problems.

Improves Mental Health

Cranberries can also help to lift your moods by relieving stress, anxiety and depression. Studies show that they are good for the brain and can help to improve your memory.

Strengthens the Immune System

The antioxidants work hard to flush out the harmful toxins which suppress the immune system. Once these are removed, your immune system will be strong so that you can ward off just about any sickness or disease.

Relieves Skin Conditions

Skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema can all be healed with the use of cranberries.
For optimum health benefits consume fresh cranberries and make your own juice at home with a juicer, or opt for unsweetened, 100 percent pure cranberry juice like R.W. Knuden Just Cranberries. I've tried a few different brands and they have worked the best. DO NOT use any of the common commercial cranberry juice brands like ocean spray. They are loaded with sugar and that you don't need.

R.W. Knudsen Family is proud to be an official participant of the Non-GMO Project.

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