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Cranberries: A girl's best fruity friend

14 AUGUST 2012

After featuring in countless scenes of the Sex and the City, the distinctive cosmopolitan cocktail made a comeback. 

And its trademark pinkiness comes from none other than cranberry juice. 

Pretty colours aside, cranberries have long been regarded as a wonder berry with numerous health benefits.

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These mighty berries are bursting with vitamin C as well as having antioxidant and antiinflammatory effects on the body. Their health benefits can be seen from head to toe, inside and out.

•  Higher levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) help your heart beat healthy.

•  They will keep you sparky too. High levels of antioxidants and antiinflammatory properties could protect the brain from memory and coordination loss caused by ageing.

•  Cranberry consumption is especially beneficial to your ocular health – symptoms of sight degeneration and cataracts are proven to be significantly reduced.

•  And of course this power berry has been long associated with improving bladder health.  Recent Taiwanese research has confirmed that cranberries are effective in the prevention of urinary tract infections such as cystitis.

Cranberries have a distinctly sharp taste which is often masked by added sugar in certain juice brands. To get the full benefits, aim for a sugar-free juice that contains a high concentration of cranberry, at least 20%.

But consuming copious amounts of this tart juice might not suit everyone's tastebuds so consider trying high-concentrate cranberry capsules

And of course, increasing your cranberry intake is a great excuse to sip a cosmopolitan or two on a balmy summer's evening.

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