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Cranberries Have Healing Powers + 8 Cultured Recipes

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Cranberries are usually eaten only around the holidays. It’s really a shame we don’t eat them all year long as they are powerful foods that can work like preventative medicine. I got all emotional when I discovered all the things cranberries can do for us. Don’t you think it’s a divine plan that foods have special properties to keep us well? It makes me feel loved and cared for, and all we have to do is eat them.

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Cranberries Have Powerful Antioxidants

Cranberries have proanthocyanidins (PACs) which are very powerful antioxidants that remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. They have shown that the antioxidant power of PACs is 20 times higher than that of vitamin C and 50 times higher than vitamin E. That gives this berry super powers!
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Cranberries Prevent UTIs, Stomach Ulcers, and More!

The PACs in cranberries have a special structure called A-type linkages. The special structure of PACs in cranberries acts as a barrier to harmful bacteria that might latch on to the urinary tract lining. This can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and new studies have been done that found they also help with preventing stomach ulcers as well. The PACs can also attach to the stomach lining, protecting it from the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which causes stomach ulcers.

Prevent E. Coli Infections

PACs help prevent rare strains of E. coli from growing into large bacterial numbers that can result in outright infection. You’re never going to completely eliminate certain bacteria like E. coli because they serve a purpose too. You have billions of strains of E. coli helping you digest your food and make vitamins, but there are certain rare strains that can make you sick, like the ones you hear about in the news with food outbreaks. The good news is that the PACs in cranberries can form a barrier that keeps these strains from getting a foothold. I bet you didn’t know that?! Super cool how our body works, isn’t it?

Cranberries also have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation throughout the body, especially the mouth, gums (periodontal disease), stomach, and colon.

Combine Cranberries with Kefir, Kombucha Veggies or Water Kefir!

Combine cranberries with a probiotic food and you have a powerful ally to help keep you well. You get massive strains of good bacteria in kefir that will crowd out the harmful bacteria. Combine probiotics with cranberry’s high level of PACs and large amounts of vitamin C, and then only the good bacteria can thrive in your body. The harmful stuff has to go bye bye.  Don’t you think it’s cool that a food can help us prevent disease? All we have to do is eat it and let our body do the rest. This is pretty much what this site is all about.

I have eight cranberry recipes below, plus three recipes in my new book Cultured Food for Health made with cranberries: Thank You Kraut, Kombucha UTI buster, and Cranberry Lime Kombucha Sparkler. I’m gonna share with you my Thank You Kraut from my book. You’ve got to try it – you’ll be in love with cranberry kraut!

We love cranberries –  they’re friends that keep us healthy.

Check out the eight recipes below!

Christmas Kraut
Unbelievably good kraut that tastes like Christmas!! Feel free to experiment and add different seasonings, like a p...
Cranberry Chai Kombucha
Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, and...
Cranberry Chai Water Kefir
Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infections, respiratory disorders, an...
Cranberry Kefir Delish
You can add small orange slices to this dish after it is already prepared for extra flavor. I love it this way, but...
Cranberry Rosemary Kombucha
Cranberries and rosemary - oh my!! You've gotta try this kombucha. Learn how powerful cranberries are by clicking t...
Cultured Veggie Cosmo Mocktail!
Get your dose of two types of probiotics in this delicious cocktail! Veggie probiotics and water kefir, too!
Grinchy Kefir Smoothie
Spirulina is optional in this smoothie, but it has many benefits. It's considered a superfood made from all-organic...
Thank You Kraut
We named this Thank You Kraut because it is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s loaded with cranberries and cranberry...

9 Responses to "Cranberries Have Healing Powers + 8 Cultured Recipes"
  1. Hi Donna, I’m a newbie at Kefir. Got my grains from you a couple of weeks ago. I’m loving making my own Kefir. I think I have finally gotten the timing right 😉
    I had fresh Kefir cheese in the refrigerator, but no cranberries. I did have some fresh cranberry relish (with oranges) left over from Thanksgiving. I just mixed the two together. Delish!!! I left out the onion though. It’s like eating dessert.
    I am enjoying your new book. So much good info. My sister-in-law has been very ill with stomach and liver problems. She is now hooked on Kefir and Kombucha, and is feeling much better. A big THANK YOU from both of us.

  2. Hi Donna. I have a lot of Kefir Milk in my fridge right now and have made Kefir Cream Cheese before. I only have dehydrated Cranberries that I use in my Christmas cake. I do not recall seeing fresh/frozen ones. I will try this recipe out with Blue Berries and what about Strawberries?
    Love your Blog. Regards Frances from a hot and sunny South Africa.

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