Shedding Light on the Cranberry

Cranberry Bog-ShutterstockDo you know what gives the cranberry it’s beautiful red color?  In a recent article published by The World’s Healthiest Foods I learned that sunlight makes all the difference.

In many places around the country cranberries are water-harvested.  Meaning that they are grown in bogs and floated in water to make harvesting easier.  But, recent research has shown that the anthocyanin content in cranberries (the phytonutrients that make it a superfood and healthy for you) increases in direct proportion to the amount of natural sunlight that the berry receives.  When the berries are floating on top of the water they naturally soak in more sunlight and have greater concentrations of anthocyanins.

Some researchers tell us that the antioxidants in cranberries may be more powerful than those found in Vitamin E.  Another benefit of the cranberry is that it helps to reduce LDL-cholesterol, or the “bad” cholesterol.  Not to mention a dietary aid to prevent urinary tract infections, aid in keeping our liver healthy, a cancer-fighting food and so forth.

As a result, sunlight on the superfood produces a deeper, more brilliant color of red that give us antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fighting nutrients we need for healthy bodies.  

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