Cranberry juice has long had a reputation as being the cure for a urinary tract infection; if you feel one coming on, you down a glass or two and you are good to go. Now, a new study has found that drinking two cups a day (16 oz) could be good for your heart as well.
The study, which was funded by the Cranberry Institute, studied the effects of cranberry juice on a person's cardiovascular system, including circulation and blood pressure. The researchers found that even drinking the regular grocery-store brands, which are 25 percent cranberry concentrate, can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. The more easily your blood flows to the heart and brain, the lower your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Researchers speculate it's the antioxidants in cranberries that have such protective powers. That would fit with other studies, including one that suggests that cranberries can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and cavities, as well as decrease inflammation. All this is excellent news as we gear up for cranberry-eating season.
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