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Native Americans valued this tangy little fruit as much as a healing agent as they did as a food. In recent years scientific research has begun to understand and appreciate what exactly makes the cranberry so special.

One of the most notable findings about the cranberry has been the discovery of its anti-­bacterial properties in the form of certain natural compounds called proanthocyanidins, or PACs. PACs are believed to help protect the body by preventing certain harmful bacteria from ‘sticking’ to its surfaces. One of the most well­‐known ways in which cranberries can cleanse and purify your body is by preventing the harmful bacteria that cause urinary tract infections from adhering to urinary tract walls, therefore allowing them to be simply flushed out. However, new research also suggests that the anti-­adhesion properties of the cranberry may also extend to inhibiting the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.

Lastly, cranberries can also protect heart and cell health because they are rich in immune system-­strengthening antioxidants, containing more per gram than most other common fruit.

Cranberry Whole Body Health Infographic