Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with a death toll of 610,000 people per year. However, new research is showing that those numbers could be lower if people drank more cranberry juice.
Cranberries are rich in an antioxidant compound called ‘polyphenols,’ which are shown to improve circulation, kidney function, hormone delivery, and waste filtration. As such, they provide a natural way to prevent poor heart health.
Dr. Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, a cardiology professor at the University of Duesseldorf in Germany, and her team had ten healthy men between the ages of 18 and 40 drink two cups of cranberry juice. The juice in each cup was concentrated differently, and the researches studied the blood and urine of the men at the start of the day, and again at hour one, two, four, six, and eight.
The results showed that all of the men had improved health over the course of just 24 hours, even the ones who drank the cocktail drinks sold at the local grocery stores. If just two glasses of cranberry juice can have such a significant role in health improvement, imagine what two drinks a day would do?