This Thanksgiving, cranberries should be one of the things you’re thankful for. Fresh cranberries are truly fall’s star superfood – if not the number 1 superfood of the whole year. Not convinced? Here’s why:
1. Cranberries contain tons of antioxidants. Yes, blueberries are often heralded as the king of superfoods because of their antioxidant content. No offense to the little blue guys (we even call ours “superblues,”) but fresh cranberries might just eke them out for the title Supreme Superfood. Cranberries contain the highest concentration of phenols, a type of antioxidant that may reduce the risk of certain diseases like forms of cancer, heart disease and stroke, according to the University of Scranton. Our little red berries also contain plenty of flavonoids, another type of antioxidant that fights the kind of bacteria responsible for tooth decay.
2. Cranberries work like an antibiotic on E. coli.
3. The little red berries also contain a compound that can help stop the spread of cancer to other parts of the body, and may also make chemotherapy more effective for ovarian cancer.
4. Cranberries have a history of being useful and healthy. They have been used since around the 17th century to treat blood disorders, stomach problems, loss of appetite and scurvy. Pilgrims found American Indians used cranberries to treat bladder and kidney issues.
For more information on cranberries, check out this article from ABC News.