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Cranberrysap verlaagt mogelijk risico op hartziekten en diabetes

Een nieuwe studie wijst uit dat het drinken van caloriearme cranberrysap mogelijk zorgt voor een lager risico op chronische ziekten die bovenaan de lijst van doodsoorzaken staan, zoals hartziekten, diabetes en beroertes. Het resultaat is welkom nieuws, want de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie schat dat dit trio van ziekten jaarlijks wereldwijd 15,6 miljoen levens eist. De ziektes zijn de meest veelvoorkomende en duurste aandoeningen, maar gelukkig ook het beste te voorkomen door een aanpassing van het voedingspatroon. Daar komt dit onderzoek om de hoek kijken. Het laat zien dat cranberry’s een rijke bron van beschermende samenstellingen zijn, zogeheten polyfonelen, die de natuurlijke afweer van het lichaam ondersteunen en onze gezondheid verbeteren.

Om uit te vinden in hoeverre polyfoneelrijke cranberry’s de algemene gezondheid bevorderen, verzorgden onderzoekers van het Amerikaanse ministerie van landbouw acht weken lang het eten voor 56 gezonde volwassenen. Een deel van de vrijwilligers dronk tweemaal daags een glas caloriearme cranberrysap. De andere groep kreeg een placebo met dezelfde kleur en smaak. Personen die de echte cranberrysap kregen, boekten betere resultaten op gebied van bloeddruk, suikerspiegel, lipiden en c-reactieve proteïne.

Cranberry Juice May Help Protect Against Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk Factors

A new study1 reveals that drinking low-calorie cranberry
juice cocktail may help lower the risk of chronic diseases that rank
among the leading causes of death worldwide, including heart disease,
diabetes and stroke. The finding is welcome news considering the World
Health Organization estimates the trio of diseases annually claim 15.6
million lives around the globe.2 These illnesses are among
the most common and costly health conditions, but fortunately, they are
also among the most preventable through dietary intervention. That’s
where this research comes in. It shows that cranberries provide a rich
source of protective compounds – called polyphenols – that support our
body’s natural defenses and help us achieve a balanced lifestyle to
improve health.

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Cranberries contain more naturally occurring
polyphenols than most other common fruits. New research published in the
Journal of Nutrition suggests that drinking two glasses of low-calorie
cranberry juice a day could lower risk of any number of chronic illnesses
including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. (Photo: Business Wire)

Sipping Your Way to Better Health

To discover the extent to which polyphenol-rich cranberries can bolster
whole-body health, researchers from the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) provided eight weeks’ worth of meals to 56 healthy
adult volunteers (average 50 years of age). One group drank a glass (8
oz) of low-calorie cranberry juice twice daily (16 oz total). Meanwhile,
the other group drank a placebo beverage with a similar color and flavor.

“At the start and end of the experiment, the researchers measured things
like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, blood lipids, as well as
C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation,” explained Christina Khoo,
PhD, Director of Research Sciences at Ocean Spray. “All of these
measurements come together to tell a story. The worse off these numbers
are in an individual, the more likely he or she will face a health
condition like diabetes, heart disease or stroke in the future.”

Individuals drinking two glasses of low-calorie cranberry juice a day
improved across all these measures. It’s a change that adds up, and
could be associated with a 10 percent lower risk of heart disease and a
15 percent lower risk of stroke.3 Of note, the reductions in
blood pressure numbers alone matched those achieved from top-rated diets
such as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)4; an
eating pattern established as the gold standard for lowering blood
pressure after several successful studies by the National Institutes of

Power-Packed with Polyphenols

“These findings suggest that polyphenols help to protect our bodies, and
may be adept at keeping a large number of ailments at bay,” said Dr.
Khoo. “Luckily for us, a rich source of polyphenols is only a glass of
cranberry juice away. Among the commonly consumed fruits in our diets,
cranberries boast some of the highest levels of polyphenols – more than
apples, blueberries, grapes or cherries.”

Incorporating these tart-tasting berries into our daily diets is a
sustainable and practical lifestyle approach that holds notable promise
for improving health. In addition to the cardiometobolic effects of
polyphenols, cranberries also contain unique proanthocyanidins (PACs)
that may help prevent certain bacteria from sticking inside the body.

Track Record of Whole-Body Health

The findings by the team of USDA researchers that drinking cranberry
juice could lower disease risk comes on the heels of supporting research
that further espouses cranberry products as part of a healthy diet and
balanced lifestyle. Two recent studies5,6 analyzing four
years’ worth of data from the Center for Disease Control’s National
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), found that those who
regularly drink cranberry juice are more likely to be normal weight,
have significantly lower waist circumference and showcase improved heart
health characteristics. Add these benefits to cranberry’s known track
record of maintaining urinary tract health, and you have the makings of
quite the all-star berry.

For more information on the health benefits of cranberries, visit www.cranberryhealth.com.

About Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700
cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile
who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations.
Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of
cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the
best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category. The
cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand
great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 90 countries worldwide.
With more than 2,200 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and
processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business
in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment.
In fiscal year 2014, Ocean Spray posted gross sales of over $2 billion.
For more information visit www.oceanspray.com
or www.oceanspray.coop

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Circulating C-Reactive Protein, Triglyceride, and Glucose Concentrations
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World Health Organization. “Top 10 Causes of Death Fact Sheet.” WHO
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