In our quest for optimal health and wellbeing, we often overlook the simple yet powerful benefits of nature. One such natural wonder is the wild dried cranberry, which has been used for centuries as both a food and a medicine. These rare and special berries grow in moist forest habitats, and their incorporation into our diet can have a profound impact on our overall health and wellbeing.
Cranberry Vaccinium Oxycoccos is a berry that doesn't get grown by farmers. It likes to grow in the wet forest. People have been using it for food and medicine for ages. Cool, right?
Wild cranberries have been used for centuries by indigenous peoples for both medicinal and nutritional purposes due to its benefits.
In the 17th century, wild dried cranberries were used by sailors to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Thanks to the Benzoic acid present in wild cranberries, the fresh berry can be stored in jars for up to 9 months. A good housewife would use wild cranberries for fermenting cabbage to ensure that sauerkraut turns out crispy and stays delicious for longer.
And in folklore medicine it is believed that foraged cranberries have anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and capillary-strengthening properties. It is also believed that wild cranberries help eliminate heavy metals and radioactive substances. Cranberry poultices are used for healing ulcers and skin wounds.
• Cranberries contain antibacterial, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds;
• Owning to their rich antioxidant credentials cranberries may support heart and brain health;
• Cranberries gained quite a reputation in the immune system defence and DNA protection;
• Cranberries may protect our health by lowering the negative effect of free radicals accumulation;
• Cranberries demonstrated promise in supporting cognitive function;
• Cranberries are excellent source of macro minerals: Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium;
• Cranberries are natural remedy for UTI prevention.
These little powerhouses contain a Proanthocyanidin (PAC) that has a unusual structure than those found in other fruits and vegetables, which have been linked to a specific health benefit - preventing bacteria from growth while other types of proanthocyanidins have no similar effect.
Proanthocyanidins are highly soluble in water and rapidly absorbed into the body when indigested. Therefore, we believe that tea made with dried wild cranberry at any time of the day is the best option to intake proanthocyanidins within your diet. And you can enjoy the tart and sweet flavour of the Cranberry.
Another interesting fact that proanthocyanidins can enhance the effect of vitamin C in the body.
We’re so excited to introduce such a naturally powerful product to our TRUEVITS line-up, and we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. With their rich history and powerful health benefits, these ancient berries are truly a superfood. So why not give dried foraged cranberries a try and see how they can improve your overall health and wellbeing?