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Cranberries

Berry good for you.

What They Are

Cranberries are red berries that grow on low shrubs in America and Canada. They are edible and have a sweet and tart taste.

What They Do

Cranberries are considered a super fruit, because they are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, and low in calories.

The antioxidants in cranberries help prevent infection-causing bacteria from entering the the bladder and can lower your chances of getting urinary tract infections. Cranberries are also beneficial to your immune system and can lower the frequency of cold and flu symptoms, which is important to keep in mind during flu season (which is now!).

Cranberries also have an anti-inflammatory effect, which can help stomach and digestive disorders, as well as helping to reduce high blood pressure.

The nutrients contained in cranberries can help to keep skin firm and healthy. They are chock-full of vitamin C, which is essential for the formation of hydroxyproline (the amino acid that helps produce collagen in the body) to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. As weather conditions start to change in the winter, taking organic cranberry vitamin supplements can help you to avoid getting dry and flaky skin.

Why I Love Them

I like to add fresh cranberries to boiling water when I'm making gluten-free oatmeal in the morning. Also, a handful of dried cranberries is a healthy ingredient that is easy to toss in a salad or a smoothie. I love the taste of cranberries and, knowing they are a natural antioxidant, I keep dried ones in my pantry for a good snack for the kids (obviously fresh cranberries are always best).

Photography by Ivan Solis for Kourtney Kardashian