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The Healing Powers of Cranberries – Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and family. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy some of nature’s healthiest foods. Cranberries are one such food that can provide healing benefits for your body. Learn more about why cranberries make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast!


The options for using cranberries are endless! Dried or fresh, in a salad, or as the ingredient itself, there’s no wrong way to use this versatile fruit.

Muffins? Trail mix?! Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Cranberries are one of the best ingredients to bring back memories of when you were a child. They have this magical ability that makes everything better, even if it’s just bringing back some good old-fashioned nostalgia for your taste buds. It will be hard not to try out my recipe after reading about all these reasons why fresh cranberry sauce is so much better than anything else on store shelves or in cans.

If we looked at the Thanksgiving table and all the things on it, cranberries could be the most nutritious thing on the menu.

The Healing Power of Cranberries

Even if you eat the cranberry sauce in the can, the medicine in the cranberry will still overpower the high fructose corn syrup. That’s how good cranberries are for us.  

Digestive Scrubber 

Cranberries may be the answer to all your digestive woes. Cranberry juice is known for its ability both cleanse and dissolve gallstones and sludge in the gallbladder or liver (depending on which study you read), as well as help treat ailments like chronic diarrhea due to inflammation of the intestines. 

Heart Disease Preventing 

Cranberries are one of the most beneficial fruits out there. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also packed with antioxidants, which have been shown to help prevent heart disease. 

Cranberries contain a substance called proanthocyanidins, which helps to keep plaque from building up on the insides of blood vessels. This is especially important because plaque can lead to heart attacks and strokes. cranberries are also a good source of fiber, which is important for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. 

Hormone Balancing

Cranberries may help you get rid of extra estrogen in your liver and send it off for conversion to safer compounds. They also contain phytoestrogens, which also help neutralize xenoestrogens (a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen. They can be either synthetic or natural chemical compounds). These are toxic estrogens coming into our bodies from the environment, plastics, and pesticides. 

As a plus, cranberries are a great way to combat the damage from radiation exposure.

Immune Boosting 

Cranberries helps to fight bacteria and viruses. They have properties that prevent the bacteria from dividing, especially strep bacteria.

The cranberry is one of the most effective natural remedies for your urinary system. The cleansing properties are good at removing bacteria that can stick to walls inside our urethras, which could lead to an infection or even kidney problems in later life. So I’m guessing you find this fascinating too? I do 🙂

Appetite Control 

If you’re looking to cut down on sugar cravings and balance your appetite, cranberries may be your new best friend. 

Cranberries are rich in fiber and vitamins, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer. They also contain compounds that can help to reduce inflammation and balance hormones. As a result, cranberries can help to minimize sugar cravings and keep your appetite under control. If you’re looking for a natural way to cut down on cravings and regulate your appetite, cranberries are worth considering.

Dr. Purcell’s Cranberry Sauce Recipe

While we’re on the subject of cranberries, I wanted to share my favorite recipe for making cranberry sauce. It’s fresh and delicious. You might realize they’re downright delicious. This recipe is filled with antioxidants. It helps if the turkey’s a bit on the dry side (not that any of you would make a dry turkey). 

Here’s what you need: 

  • One 12oz. – 16 oz. bag of fresh cranberries 
  • one 12oz. – 16 oz. bag of frozen, mixed berries
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • ⅓  cup of water
  • And a large pot with a lid

The steps are: 

  1. Turn the stovetop to medium heat. Add water, maple syrup, and fresh, rinsed cranberries in the large pot. 
  2. Cover the pot with the lid and cook for about 10 minutes or until you can hear the cranberry start popping. 
  3. When at least half of the cranberries have popped, remove the lid then add a bag of frozen berries to it. Mix it all together. 
  4. Take it off the lid as you just let it simmer for 20 minutes.

The hot cranberries are going to melt the frozen berries. It’s all going into some delicious sauce, and then you’re ready for serving!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to enjoy cranberries in all their glory. Their versatility makes them a perfect fit for any dish, and their healing powers are sure to make your holiday feast extra special. If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy cranberries this year, be sure to try this recipe out.  And if you want to learn more about how natural medicine can benefit your health, schedule a discovery call with us today. We would be happy to share our expertise and help you find the right plan for your unique needs. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.