Cranberry juice could safeguard against heart disease

30 June 2015

A new study has suggested that cranberry juice could help safeguard against heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice cocktails could help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. The study determined that cranberries are a rich source of protective compounds called polyphenols, which support natural defenses in the body.

The USDA team looked at the weekly intake of 56 healthy volunteers with the average age of 50 for eight weeks. One group drank a glass of low-calorie cranberry juice twice daily, while the others had a placebo beverage with a similar colour and flavour.

Dr Christina Khoo, director of Research Sciences at Ocean Spray, said at the start of the study participants had their blood pressure, sugar levels, and other markers measured.

The team found that those drinking two glasses of low-calorie cranberry juice a day improved across all of the measures taken, which could equate to a ten per cent lower risk of heart disease and a 15 per cent lower risk of stroke.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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