Cranberries pack antioxidants

January 12, 2007

Studies involving more than 20 commonly used fruits concluded that cranberries contain the highest level of antioxidant phenolic compounds. Antioxidants can have positive health affects, such as lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, boosting the immune system and preventing macular degeneration. Other studies found that cranberry proanthocyanidins inhibited the growth of human lung, colon and leukemia cells without affecting healthy cells. Other fruits with protective antioxidant compounds ranking behind cranberries in descending order were apple, red grape, strawberry, pineapple, banana, peach, lemon, orange, pear and grapefruit. For fullest protective benefits, researchers recommend eating whole fruit rather than juice.

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