Many of you may not even know what white cranberry juice is, or how is it different from the traditional red cranberry juice; however, it’s all a matter of timing.
White cranberries are harvested a few weeks earlier, when most of the beneficial nutrients are already present in the berries, with the exception of the anthocyanids. These antioxidant flavonoids are responsible for changing the color of this organic food product from white to red. That’s the only real difference between the two.
White cranberries, however, are touted as being slightly less tart than their red counterparts, which makes them appealing to people who dislike cranberries for their flavor. The loss of anthocyanids, however, makes white cranberry juice slightly less potent as an antioxidant.
Despite that, many of the other health benefits white cranberries are known for remain the same. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of cranberries’ lighter-colored cousins:
Helps Deal With Urinary Tract Infection
Cranberry juice (regardless of its color) is particularly well known for the innate ability to counteract and prevent urinary tract infections (UTI).
When E-coli settle on the walls of the urinary tract, it quickly becomes an uncomfortable and painful infection, something you may not be able to handle. This potent juice, though, has the power to prevent E-coli from attaching, making it an effective preventive measure.
Contains Low Sodium Levels
Research has proven that the proanthocyanids and flavonoids present in white cranberry juice are able to improve cholesterol levels, lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and boosting the HDL cholesterol (the good kind). This can then reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, strokes and other cardiovascular complications.
Furthermore, the low sodium levels can also help improve blood pressure and regulate water balance within the body.
Helps Boost The Immune System
Being high in vitamin C means that white cranberry juice helps stimulate the development of white blood cells, which are on the front lines when it comes to the function of the immune system.
Ascorbic acid also functions as an antioxidant, seeking out free radicals and neutralizing them before they can do any harm to the body. In addition, cranberries are also known to counter H. pylori bacteria, which can attack the stomach and have unpleasant results.
Promotes Faster Healing
The amazing concentration of vitamin C in this juice also helps improve the body’s self-healing abilities. Vitamin C is a key component in collagen, which is in turn a key component of every tissue, cell, muscle and bone inside the body. Without vitamin C, the entire body slows down, from energy levels and healing rate to immune system response time.
There are a lot of organic vegetables out there that can offer the same benefits as white cranberries, but adding one more organic product to your diet will do even more wonders. Therefore, it’s best to carefully think of your diet plan, to be able to add the right amounts of healthy products you need.