A dietitian on the gut health benefits of cranberries – plus how to serve them

Cranberries are believed to hold a myriad of health benefits and have long been known to women for the health of the urinary system. However, this article offers a different perspective on the fruit, and instead draws upon its possible role in gut health. Research has found that cranberries may promote the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, in addition to eradicating the harmful types.

With proven antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral actions against bacteria, the health qualities of cranberries seemingly extend beyond the health of the urinary system. Interestingly, other studies have also found that cranberries may help in the reduction of inflammation and improve heart health. Whilst this article focuses upon the health benefits of cranberries as a superfood, supplements containing cranberry extract are available as an option for clients who would enjoy the benefits of cranberries without having to incorporate them into their diet.

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