Cranberry, a plant you are probably all familiar with, is well-known for its anti-inflammatory features. Women especially praise this plant since it helps to prevent urinary tract infections inhibiting bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls. It is very rich in antioxidants like anthocyanin, proanthocyanidin, vitamin C and vitamin A, and minerals too, potassium being the most represented. Antioxidants protect our body cells from the harmful influences of the free radicals while potassium is a mineral that helps us to overcome the fatigue and improves our concentration. Cranberry wine is also very appreciated. However, cranberries are best if consummated fresh because in that way many valuable nutrients remain preserved, contrary to the processing at the temperature of 175°C when numerous vitamins, minerals and enzymes are destroyed, which is the case with a popular cranberry cake. Another interesting dish made of cranberry is cranberry sauce, which perfectly matches with meat dishes. Cranberries can truly be regarded as natural antibiotics, being so effective when it comes to urinary infections, but it also enhances our immune system, especially during cold seasons. Another thing important to note is that when you have a urinary tract infection, you shouldn’t be using bearberry (uva ursi) tea and cranberry tea at the same time because they will negate each other. Make yourself a nice warming cranberry tea more often to improve your immune system and infections will probably not be the first thing on your worry-list.
Translation: G. Dujmović