As you navigate your way through the barrage of holiday parties this season, it may be difficult to decide on certain indulgences. The general recommendation here at Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona is everything in moderation. However, there is one thing on a lot of holiday tables that can benefit your vascular health…cranberries!
Due to the high content of flavonoids, cranberries increase the strength and elasticity of the walls of the blood capillaries promoting the assimilation of Vitamin C in the body. Therefore, cranberry berries and products of their processing are recommended for diseases characterized by increased permeability and insufficient strength of the walls of blood vessels. Very simply this means better circulation and improved function of the vessels, in turn, less day to day discomfort. Additionally, cranberry berries are beneficial for other vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and hypertension. Lastly, cranberries have an anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and toning effect; all which benefit patients struggling with chronic venous disease.