As the mercury soars, all you need is a cool drink to beat the heat. Smoothies, mocktails and cocktails are a plenty. While you are at it, making up your mind on which one to grab, don't miss out on bloody cranberry juice.

Cranberry drinks not only rejuvenate and refresh you, but also strengthen your health, as the fruit is rich in health-promoting polyphenols (antioxidant), according to research findings.

The study was carried out by Jeffrey Blumberg, researcher at the University in Boston, and published in Advances in Nutrition. It stated that bioactives in cranberry have shown to promote many health benefits. Followign are the top health benefits of cranberry products as revealed by the study.

Cranberries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit the cardiovascular system and metabolism.

Its antioxidant functions also boost the body immune system.

They help glucose management, control blood pressure, blood flow and blood lipids.

They strengthen the gut defence system — gut microbiota — a complex community of microorganisms that reside in the digestive tracts of humans and animals.

They protect the body against all kinds of infection, including urinary tract infections.

The low-calorie cranberry juice and unsweetened dried cranberries can help people with type 2 diabetes.

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