Who knew these tart berries help your heart, skin, and shape? Now even more reasons to enjoy this wonder-fruit.
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Go ahead, have a Cosmo at your next holiday bash. In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who drank a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice a day increased their HDL, or good, cholesterol by about 10 percent. Alcohol also boosts HDL.
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If you want to stay brilliant, be sure to snack on sweetened dried cranberries. Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds may protect the brain from age-related memory and coordination loss, according to Tufts University research.
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Make this light dressing from Julie Cecchini, owner of Terra Americana specialty foods in Westfield, Mass. Poke holes in 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, put them in a bottle with 10 ounces of heated white wine vinegar, and steep for 2 weeks. Use it on your salads.
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Cranberries’ nutrients soothe skin. Try this body scrub from the Wauwinet Spa by the Sea in Nantucket, Mass. Blend 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup unscented body oil in a blender. Apply, then relax for 10 minutes; rinse.
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