For some of us, tomorrow will be the most UNHEALTHY day of the whole year. But at least there's cranberry sauce to balance it out. Here are three surprising health benefits of cranberries you might not have known about.
1. They prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberries have chemicals that prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. And UTIs are the second most common type of infection there is, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. They protect against stomach and intestinal ulcers. The same chemicals that prevent bacteria from settling in the urinary tract can also work against the H. pylori bacteria in your stomach and small intestine. And that'll help prevent peptic ulcers.
3. They fight disease and aging. Cranberries are high in flavonoids and phenolic acids, both of which prevent oxidation and keep cells healthy in the body. And that slows the aging process, and fights the progress of chronic diseases. (LiveScience.com)