Cranberries are small, round, red berries, which grow on vine-like plants native to North and South American countries such as USA, Canada and Chile.
They are closely related to other berries including blueberries, bilberries and lingonberries.
Cranberries are also grown in the UK and other European countries.
They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and taking a cranberry supplement is a great way to harness these benefits in a quick and easy way.
Cranberry supplements vs cranberry juice
You might be wondering why you would take a cranberry supplement, rather than just drinking cranberry juice.
Well, you would have to drink a lot of cranberry juice to come close to the concentrated benefits of cranberry supplements.
Cranberry juice is also high in both calories and sugar.
Each 100ml glass of juice contains 45 calories and 12g of sugar. This is three times as many calories and four times as much sugar as the berries themselves.
As well as this, cranberries have a very tart flavour which is not to everyone’s taste and so taking a supplement means you get all the nutrients in a palatable way.
They are not often eaten as berries because of their strong flavour.
Cranberry sauce is a popular condiment, especially as an accompaniment to turkey at Christmas time.
However, this sauce also has a high sugar content, and so while it is great on occasion, it is not the healthiest and should not be eaten every day.
Cranberries contain lots of nutrients including quercetin, myricetin and peonidin.
Cranberry extract pills are made from dried cranberries and offer all of this nutrition without having to source and eat the fruit itself every day.
Solgar Natural Cranberry with Vitamin C Vegi Capsules contain vitamin C in addition to cranberries.
Vitamin C has many important functions in the body, including helping to support the normal functioning of the immune system, as well as acting as an antioxidant to help protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Just one or two cranberry supplement capsules can be the equivalent of drinking up to 250ml of cranberry juice.
You have probably eaten plenty of cranberries in the past, cooked into the sweet sauce that accompanies your Christmas turkey.
These festive red berries are related to blueberries and lingonberries, all members of the heather family.
The fruit of the Vaccinium macrocarpon, cranberries are most commonly found in North America.
Made up of almost 90% water, cranberries are extremely low in calories, yet offer a surprisingly high level of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, vitamin K1 and manganese.
Our supplements contain also contain vitamin C & E, both which reduce oxidative stress in the body, preventing damage caused by free radicals.
These nasties gather in a body exposed to pollution, smoke and UV rays. They are thought to contribute to premature aging and have been linked to come chronic illnesses.
The vitamin C in our product means that they also support your immunity.
Many people drink cranberry juice. Others might buy dried cranberries to add to their daily cereal or bakes.
Because cranberries are extremely tart, they are not very easy to eat so most of us find we have to add plenty of sugar to make them palatable.
Most of the nutrients present in cranberries exist in the berry’s skin. Notably, polyphenols such as quercetin, peonidin and myricetin and the triterpene compound ursolic acid can be lost during the process of cooking or juicing cranberries.
This is why cranberry vitamins like Holland and Barrett cranberry tablets are a reliable alternative to whole berries and juices.
Plenty of cranberry extract tablets exist, all of which will give you a welcome injection of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
For those that also want to support their immunity and get a good dose of antioxidant a cranberry extract with added vitamin C & E is a good choice.