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Cranberry Juice and Cardiovascular Health

A recent double-blind, placebo-controlled examined how consumption of the polyphenol-rich cranberry juice affected cardiometabolic risk factors. The researchers found that cranberry juice can improve several risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults--including circulating fasting serum triglycerides (TGs), C-reactive protein (CRP), and glucose, insulin resistance, and diastolic blood pressure.

"These findings suggest that polyphenols help to protect our bodies, and may be adept at keeping a large number of ailments at bay," said the study's co-author. "Among the commonly consumed fruits in our diets, cranberries boast some of the highest levels of polyphenols--more than apples, blueberries, grapes or cherries."

This eight-week on 56 healthy adult volunteers (average age = 50 years), saw the experimental group drink an 8 oz (250 mL) glass of ranberry juice twice daily (16 oz total), while the other group drank a placebo with a similar colour and flavour.

The team found that individuals drinking two glasses of the cranberry juice each day improved all the measures they studied. Such a change that adds up, and could be associated with a 10% lower risk of heart disease and a 15% lower risk of stroke, said the researchers.

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Source: Cranberry juice consumption lowers markers of cardiometabolic risk, including blood pressure and circulating C-reactive protein, triglyceride, and glucose concentrations in adults

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