Incredible benefits of Cranberry Juice for Skin, Hair and Health

Of late, if you have been following the global food trends, you must have noticed Cranberries being labelled as a “Superfruit” due to all of their anti oxidant qualities and nutrient content. And why not, when they are a rich source of phytochemicals and polyphenol anti-oxidants, which is beneficial for the immune system and cardiovascular system. Cranberries are a low GI food loaded with fiber, vitamins C, E,K, manganese and salicylic acid. This makes them super healthy and the super fruit that have come to be called. They are normally used in baking or consumed in the most convenient form- as juice. Drink a glass of cranberry juice with your breakfast and you are sure to be healthy and glowing. To understand how, let us see what the benefits of cranberry juice are.

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Anti-oxidants means great skin 

The anti-oxidants in cranberries help fight free radicals that are responsible for aging the skin. Yogurt is also another excellent ingredient that helps tone the skin and prevent aging. Make a mask with two spoons of yogurt blended with two tsp of cranberry juice. Apply this on the skin and leave it to dry for about half an hour. Wipe with a washcloth and wash your face with lukewarm water. Do this ritual weekly for younger looking skin.

Cranberry Juice Toner

Cranberries are tart and the juice is acidic in nature. This helps in controlling the amount of oil in the skin and also in unclogging the pores. Take a cotton ball soaked in cranberry juice and apply it on cleansed skin. This will help you unclog your pores and control the shine on the skin.

Cranberry juice can treat acne 

Apply pure cranberry juice topically on acne with a cotton swab. Wash it off once it dries. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the itching and irritation around the acne. It is also rich in vitamin C which helps in improving your skin tone. The resveratrol antioxidant found in cranberry juice helps in shrinking acne and pimples.

Cranberry Juice to add shine to the hair 

If your hair appears dull and needs to be revitalized, then use a glass of cranberry juice in the final rinse. This helps you seal in the hair follicles and strengthen the hair. The nutrients in the cranberries make your hair look healthier. Word of caution – this is to be used by women with dark hair only. If you have colored or tinted your hair blonde or golden, then the red pigments in the cranberry juice can dye the color and change it.

Cranberry juice to relieve scalp infections 

Cranberry juice is an anti-septic and anti-microbial by nature. So the next time you are making for yourself a hair mask with yogurt or eggs, add in some cranberry juice to it. Topical application of the juice will help you get rid of dandruff and other scalp infections.

Cranberry juice for great overall health

Cranberry Juice is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.

  • Drinking a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice 2-3 times a week will cure urinary tract infection, since cranberry juice has proanthocyanidins which prevent UTI causing bacteria from binding onto the walls of the bladder.
  • The polyphenolic compounds in cranberry juice helps in preventing the occurrence of tumors in the body.
  • As already mentioned, the flavonoids in the juice help in keeping your heart healthy and your body from aging. Cranberry juice
  • Cranberry juice is also known to have anti-carcinogenic compounds.
  • Drinking cranberry juice during your period will help relieve cramps and bloating.
  • High levels of vitamin C in cranberry juice helps in preventing and curing scurvy.

The benefits of cranberry juice do not end here. I can cut short and say that stock up on some cranberry juice. Drink the juice regularly and you will enjoy great  health.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.

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