7. Cranberry Juice
Cranberries, scientifically known as Vaccinium macrocarpon, are a fruit that is native to North America, and have been used in Native American culture for medicinal and culinary purposes for many years. Cranberries also grow throughout Europe, though it is a smaller fruit and is better known as an English moss berry. Cranberries are related to blueberries and bilberries, and are usually juiced rather than eaten raw, due to their sour taste.
Cranberry juice has a wide range of health benefits like relieving urinary tract infections, treating gum disease, preventing tooth decay, promoting cardiovascular health, soothing respiratory infections and supporting strong bones. Cranberry juice is rich in organic acids like quinic, malic and citric acid, which have antibacterial properties, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like manganese, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper and pantothenic acid.
Cranberries contain phytonutrients like phenolic acids, anthocyanins and flavonoids, which provide a huge amount of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Cranberry juice is a natural diuretic, and can provide minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, which can help regulate fluid levels in the body.
You can drink cranberry juice daily for relief from water retention, but make sure it’s the unsweetened variety because cranberry juice can often contain large amounts of sugar from artificial sweeteners. If you don’t mind the sharp taste, you can eat them raw for even more benefits, but be careful not to overdo it. The acidity found in raw cranberries can damage enamel on the teeth and cause heartburn.