For all of our wonderful female readers out there, have you tried our Active Women Range Cranberry Capsules yet, and if not, why not? When many of you think of cranberries, you probably think of the delicious and fruity sauce that goes so well with turkey at Christmas. Yes, cranberries do indeed make a fantastic source to go with your Sunday dinner, but they also provide numerous other health benefits as well.
These bold and vibrant red berries are small in size, but big in flavour, and they have a sharpness and tanginess that just can’t be matched by any other food. Cranberries are derived from shrubs that are members of the Evergreen family meaning that they thrive in colder regions of the world including parts of Northern US, Canada, and Northern parts of Europe.
Not only can cranberries be used to make a delicious sauce, they can also be used in savoury dishes, and the juice can be used to make a delicious beverage. Because cranberries are so rich in nutrients, however, and because they provide so many health benefits, cranberry extract can also be used to create healthy supplement capsules, which work especially well in women. Here’s a look at why our cranberry capsules are so healthy and beneficial for you.
Uses of Cranberry Capsules
Treatment & Prevention Of UTIs
UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections, are very common, especially in women, and they can be absolutely debilitating in some cases. UTIs are incredibly painful, they often require emergency treatment, and they can keep you off of your feet for a number of days, even weeks in some cases. Experts, however, have found that cranberry extract supplements can work very well at preventing these infections, especially in women with a history of recurring infections.
This is because cranberries contain a potent compound which is known as proanthocyanidin. This compound possesses special anti-adherence properties which have been found to prevent certain strains of bacteria from adhering (sticking) to cells located in the urinary tract. This not only helps to prevent urinary tract infections from reoccurring but consuming cranberry extract supplements can also help you fight off the infection quicker.
Strengthens The Immune System
The human immune system is your body’s natural defence against illness and disease, so ensuring it is functioning as effectively as possible is absolutely vital. Our Active Women Range Cranberry Capsules are enriched with cranberry extract, as well as additional vitamins and antioxidants, which help to increase T-cell counts and subsequently improve immunity.
The cranberry extract itself is full of vitamins, including vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant with immunity-boosting properties. The vitamins, antioxidants, and polyphenols found in cranberry extract capsules will help to make your immune system healthier and stronger, meaning you will be less likely to become ill, and if you do, you will recover quicker.
Improved Digestive Health
Cranberries, and therefore, cranberry extract capsules, are a great source of fibre, which has been proven to assist with digestive health. Fibre helps add bulk to the stool to facilitate the removal of waste products from the body. On top of that, as cranberries also provide potent anti-inflammatory properties, there is a much smaller risk of inflammation in the large intestine and stomach lining, so indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, trapped wind, and bloating, will all be far less likely if you supplement your diet with cranberry extract capsules.
Protects Against Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress to the cells occurs when a chemical reaction inside the body, caused via toxins and free radicals, exposes the cells to oxygen and subsequently causes them to oxidise. The process works similarly to how red meat in a vacuum-packed container, will begin to turn grey and rancid when the vacuum pack is pierced and the meat is exposed to oxygen. Oxidative stress can cause us to look old, it can cause all kinds of illnesses, and in some cases, it can lead to cellular mutations which can turn cells pre-cancerous, and eventually cancerous.
Cranberries, however, are enriched with potent polyphenols, vitamins, and antioxidants that can protect the cells and eliminate free-radicals and toxins from the body before they can attack our cells. This means your cells remain healthy, you stay healthy, you can prevent illness and disease, including cancer, and you can also fight the signs and symptoms of ageing, in all parts of the body, including the brain.