Origins of Cranberry
Cranberries belong to the Ericaceae family and as the name suggests, are a type of berry. The fruit grows on the Macrocarpon plant which supports creeping stems to hold elliptical leaves, producing bell-shaped flowers in June. The crimson berry is native to Canada and Northern-central America. Growing conditions are fairly precise and depend on a combination of factors including acid peat soil, a substantial volume of freshwater and a growing season that continues from April to November.
The Cranberry was a staple item amongst Native Americans in the 1500s, harvested for food, drink and therapeutic remedies. The Cranberry was so popular that the Americans even used the berry in an energy bar-like food called pemmican, serving as a compact nutritional source during the winter months. Henry Hall became the first human being to successfully cultivate the berry in 1816 and ever since we have been growing the berry across the world for various products. The berry is especially popular at Christmas time because of their vibrant, shiny red colour which is associated with the tones of Christmas. Cranberries became popular over the winter period because their late harvesting period meant that the berries stayed fresh enough to adorn the table and tree, and held up for the entire twelve days of Christmas or longer.
Benefits of Cranberry
Cranberries provide a wide range of health benefits, particularly as the berries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K. The main active ingredient in the berry is proanthocyanidin, a natural chemical compound that provides colour, promotes cell integrity and reduces disease.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant which maintains the immune system to reduce tiredness and fatigue, and regenerates other antioxidants such as Vitamin E.
- Vitamin K aids the blood clotting process to prevent excessive bleeding from an open wound by speeding up the mechanism, as well as contributing to the maintenance of bone health through the absorption of Calcium.
- Vitamin A’s role within normal vision is regularly mentioned, however, the carotenoid also aids cell specialisation and Iron metabolism to keep fatigue at bay.
Our Cranberry tablets
We provide three strengths of tablet based on the amount of Cranberry extract in each; 5,000mg, 7,200mg and 10,000mg crushed Cranberries. We recommend that you take one tablet up to twice a day for maximum results. We also provide four quantities of the tablets to suit your needs.
Please note - we recommend that both the 500 and 1,000 tablet options are more suitable for use by more than one person. This is to ensure that you are receiving full use of the product before its expiry date. For one person's use, we recommend the 120 or 240 tablet options.