Cranberries are listed as one of the healthiest foods in the world due to their high content of nutrients and antioxidants. 50 grams of cranberries only contains 25 calories so they guilt free too. Cranberries have been linked to lower risks of developing urinary tract infections, prevention of some cancers, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure. They are an easy and cost effective way of adding some extra nutrition into your pet’s diet.
Health Benefits of Cranberries:
1) Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s)
This is cranberries best known quality. It is due to the high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries that helps reduce the adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract walls. The free floating bacteria is then easily flushed out of the body when your pet urinates. Cranberries possess anti-microbial qualities that can prevent other UTI-causing bacteria. ! The incidence of struvite stones that are caused by infections will also be reduced.Very beneficial for pets suffering from recurrent infections.
2) Cardiovascular Disease
Some evidence suggests that the polyphenols in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure via anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
Research has shown that cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor progression and have shown positive effects against prostate, liver, breast, ovarian, and colon cancers.
4) Dental Health
The same proanthocyanidins in cranberries that help prevent UTIs may also benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to teeth. Cranberries may also be beneficial in preventing gum disease as they are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin E.
Nutrients in Cranberries:
A powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents.
Cranberries are an excellent source of fibre. High fibre intake has been associated with significantly lower risks for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
Increased fibre intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and enhance weight loss for obese individuals.
A fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune function that may help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.
Cranberries also contain vitamin K, A, B1, B2, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients, naturally occurring plant chemicals that help to protect the body from harmful free radicals and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties.