Cranberries En­hance Gut Health

Better Nutrition - - TREND WATCH -

Cranberries are best known as a nat­u­ral rem­edy for uri­nary tract in­fec­tions, but a new study has found ben­e­fits for the gut. Cer­tain car­bo­hy­drates in cranberries, called xy­loglu­cans, aren't di­gested in the stom­ach and make their way to the in­testines, where they fer­ment and feed ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria. Re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Mas­sachusetts and the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Is­land think that this new dis­cov­ery could lead to health­ier gut bac­te­ria, which play a key role in im­mu­nity and other as­pects of health. Xy­loglu­cans are a com­po­nent of the fiber we get from fruits and veg­eta­bles.

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