Wild cranberry is an amazing superfood that is one of the best-kept secrets of the Nordic countries. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and naturally contain very little sugar. There are many ways to enjoy the unique health benefits of cranberries. In this blog post, we list some of the best products using fresh cranberries. We focus on products that can be used as an alternative to artificial cranberry extracts, pills, and other cranberry supplements. Cranberry is a good source of Vitamin A, C & K, and contains some very powerful antioxidants as well. In addition, regular consumption of cranberries and cranberry products has been associated with the prevention of urinary tract infection (UTI), especially in women.
Cranberry jam is a staple in the Nordic countries. In Sweden, meatballs are typically served with cranberry (or lingonberry) jam and mashed potatoes. In Finland, cranberry jam is a must with reindeer stew, a local delicacy. Cranberry jam is similar to lingonberry jam and goes perfectly with toast, cheeses, stews, and desserts.
Sold as pure juice or concentrate, cranberry juice has a beautiful deep red color. Cranberry juice is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins but go for a no- or low-sugar option to minimize the sugar intake, and to maximize the health benefits. Look for natural, low-sugar cranberry juice in your grocery store or Nordic specialty food stores.
Freeze-drying and powdering cranberries turn them to all-natural cranberry powder, which can be easily enjoyed all year round. Cranberry powder can be added in yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, cereals, salads, and desserts. The powder stays good for up to two years after opening and does not require refrigeration. Arctic Flavors wild cranberry powder is vegan, raw, gluten-free non-GMO and contains no added sugar or preservatives. Besides eating cranberries fresh straight from the forest, this is the purest and healthiest way of enjoying them throughout the year. If you are interested in identifying the best cranberry powder out there, we have prepared a step-by-step guide for you in our blog post here.
Cosmetics with cranberry
Yes, there are also cosmetics made using some of the most amazing ingredients of cranberry. The extremely high amount of antioxidants makes cranberries an excellent addition to facial creams. The antioxidants help the skin to rejuvenate and protect it from aging. Lumene, a Finnish company specialized in natural cosmetics and skincare products has several skincare and cosmetics products made with Arctic wild cranberries. Lumene products are available in many countries globally.
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