Cranberries are known to house tons of health benefits and share the same family as blueberries.

Rich in polyphenols, cranberries are widely appreciated for their antioxidant properties. Several studies have highlighted the disease fighting properties of cranberries time and again. In a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, drinking low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail may help lower the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The World Health Organisation estimates that the trio of diseases annually claim 15.6 million lives around the globe.

In this study, researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided eight weeks’ worth of meals to 56 healthy adult volunteers (average 50 years of age) to assess the effectiveness of polyphenol-rich cranberries.

At the end of which, they found that the group that drank a glass of low-calorie cranberry juice daily showed better blood pressure, blood sugar and blood lipids profile as opposed to the placebo group.

This change adds up, and could be associated with a 10 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 15 percent lower risk of stroke, as observed by this study.

Here are a few other healthy reasons you need to have cranberries every day:

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