The cranberry belongs to the same genus as the blueberry, Vaccinium, and can be found growing as wild shrubs in northern Europe, northern Asia and North America. Cranberries are grown on low trailing vines atop great sandy bogs and have been referred to as "bounceberries," because ripe ones bounce and "craneberries," due to the fact that their pale pink blossoms look a bit like the heads of the cranes that can be found in cranberry bogs.
Cranberries are a superfood high in vitamin C and K, fiber, manganese and antioxidants. They provide the following health benefits:
- Vitamin C promotes the growth and repair of tissues in the body and strengthens the immune system.
- Vitamin K helps with blood clotting.
- Fiber contributes to satiety and a healthy digestive system.
- Manganese promotes bone growth, maintains strong teeth and helps with nerve health.
- Antioxidants can help prevent and heal kidney and urinary tract infections, oral diseases, ward off cancers and decrease inflammation.