Unsweetened Cranberry Juice: Why Does It Deserve a Permanent Spot in Your Diet?

Mighty cranberry means merely Thanksgiving dinner for most of us, but actually there is so much more to this born tart berry that deserves a spotlight. Did you know, that you can have your daily intake of cranberry via drink?

Cranberry is bestowed with health-promoting properties for the whole body. Because cranberry flavor is refreshing, bold & tart, it may be an acquired taste. But the health benefits of incorporating those delicious berries whole, as a powder or as a juice, into your diet are compelling and well worth exploring.

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While most people know that the burgundy-coloured super fruit is nutritious, few people know much else. For instance, most people don’t know there’s a difference between cultivated and organic & wild cranberries.

Where Do Cranberries Come From?

Fresh organic wild cranberry is significantly smaller — typically about half the size of those you’d find in your local supermarket — and have famously tart & bold flavor thanks to its low sugar content.

Fresh cultivated cranberry, on the other hand, is native to North America, where it has been consumed for thousands of years.

European wild-grown cranberry, also known as vaccinium oxycoccos, grows naturally in bogs and not on cultivated cranberry farms.

Vaccinium oxycoccos are completely different from cultivated American cranberries, also known by their scientific name, vaccinium macrocarpon.

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Organically Grown Cranberry is Richer in Minerals and Antioxidants:

  • Fresh cranberry grows naturally in a cool climate with direct sunlight.

  • No pesticides or additives are used in its growth.

  • This super fruit is harvested at peak ripeness when its packed with nutrients.

Our cranberry juice is made of organic wild cranberries that grow naturally in bogs located in Estonia. As proven above, pure wild cranberry is more concentrated in beneficial minerals, unlike cultivated cranberry.

Because they grow in their season, refreshing wild cranberries rarely get any diseases and go through no treatment involving pesticides. This promotes food safety and low contamination risk.

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Drink pure, WILD and ORGANIC Cranberry Juice!

First off, let's talk about the importance of choosing to drink organic cranberry juice. Conventional juice production often involves the use of harmful chemicals, preservatives and pesticides that can have negative effects on your health.

By choosing pure cranberry juice, you are not only reducing your exposure to these chemicals, but by having a daily dose of cranberry juice, you are also supporting sustainable farming practices that benefit both the environment and the farmers.

It’s also widely unknown that pure non gmo wild cranberries (and refreshing wild cranberry juice!) are far more nutritious than commonly cultivated cranberries. But we’re about to spread the word. Read more from our blog.

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Why to Choose Just Pure Cranberry Juice?

Wild cranberry is naturally rich in antioxidants and packed with beneficial trace minerals. Cranberry is super-rich in nutrients that positively impact your health. Pure cranberry juice a rich source of the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin C: cranberry contains 13.3 mg of vitamin C per 100 g serving. Vitamin C is essential for the repair of body tissue and wound healing. It also helps in the maintenance of bones and teeth.

  • Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, there’s 5.1 mg of vitamin K1 in wild organic cranberries. It provides the necessary proteins for blood clotting and the building of bones.

  • Vitamin E: Pure cranberry contains 1.2 mg of vitamin E per 100 g. It’s an antioxidant that’s also key for healthy skin and eyes.

For normal body development, our bodies need trace minerals, also known as microminerals. These are minerals that the body requires in smaller amounts.

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Trace minerals are crucial to our health and help keep the bones, muscles, heart, and brain working properly. They’re also involved in the production of hormones and enzymes.

Pure unsweetened cranberry juice is a rich source of trace minerals such as:

  • Iron: Essential in blood production

  • Copper: Helps improve bone density

  • Zinc: Supports the creation of DNA

Have your daily dose of trace minerals with our pure cranberry juice! No artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no added sugar, no preservatives. Just a delicious drink with uncanny nutrition and honest taste with a tart twist.

Enjoy Pure Unsweetened Cranberry!

Naturally, cranberry has a tart and tangy taste, so many cranberry products, including juice, are loaded with sugar. But sugar negates all the positive inflammation-fighting and antioxidant properties of cranberries. Sugar adds toxins into the body and promotes inflammation.

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One of the most significant advantages of pure cranberry juice is its impressive nutritional profile & sugar and calorie content. As no sugar is added to the juice, it's low in calories but packed with essential vitamins and minerals

What is Pure Cranberry Juice?

Just pure cranberry juice is made from cranberries that have been juiced without the addition of any sugars or (artificial) sweeteners. Our cranberry juice consists of 100% fruit and nothing else!

This results in a pure cranberry juice that retains all the natural tartness of cranberries, which can be quite intense compared to the sweetened versions most people are used to.

Despite the strong flavor of cranberry juice, the lack of added sugar makes this unsweetened juice a healthier option. Low calorie food at its finest!

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What Is Being Sold as "Cranberry Juice"? Tips for Finding the Real Juice.

Cranberry juice can mean 100% cranberries, and nothing else, but the "juice" can consist of sugar and/or added artificial components. So always read your labels and make smart choices.

There are following options of cranberry juice available on the supermarket shelves or e-stores:

  • 100% unsweetened and pure cranberry juice.

  • 100% juice made from a mixture of juices (to make tart cranberry sweeter, it can be mixed with raspberry juice, grape juice, cherry juice, pomegranate juice etc).

  • Cranberry juice concentrate, with a lot of added sugar to make the juice taste sweeter.

  • Diet cranberry juices made with artificial sweeteners.

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The American Heart Association recommends that added sugar should be kept 25 grams (women) or 36 grams (men) per day. So if you drink just one cup (+ a bit more for men) of cranberry juice with added sugar, you are already breaking the daily limit.

Health Benefits of Pure Cranberry Juice

1. Urinary Tract Health

One of the most well-known benefits of pure cranberry juice is its positive impact on urinary tract health. The high levels of proanthocyanidins in cranberry can help prevent bacteria, particularly E. coli, from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. This can reduce the risk of infections and that is why pure cranberry juice is particularly beneficial for individuals prone to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

2. Rich in Antioxidants

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. These antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols in your cranberry juice, can help protect your cells from damage by free radicals, potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

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3. Supports Heart Health

A regular splash of organic cranberry juice can be beneficial for your heart. The polyphenols found in cranberries may help improve cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure, both of which are crucial for maintaining cardiovascular health. Regular consumption of pure cranberry juice can help enhance blood vessel function and reduce inflammation, contributing to overall heart health.

4. Boosts Immunity

The high vitamin C content in organic cranberry juice is a natural immune booster. Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off infections. Additionally, the antioxidants in pure unsweetened cranberry can help reduce the severity and duration of colds and flu.

5. Aids Digestion

Cranberries contain dietary fiber, which is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fiber helps promote regular bowel movements and can prevent constipation. Furthermore, cranberries have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit the gastrointestinal tract.

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How to Incorporate Unsweetened Cranberry Juice into Your Diet

Given its tart bold flavor, organic pure cranberry juice might not be the first thing you reach for when you're thirsty. However, there are several ways to enjoy this healthful beverage:

  • Dilute with Water: Mix pure cranberry juice with water or sparkling water to tone down the tartness while still enjoying the benefits. Add a splash of lemon juice and make sure not to add sugar or any sweeteners to this powerful and healthy drink!

  • Smoothies: Add some organic cranberry juice to your morning refreshing smoothie for a tangy kick. Turbocharge smoothies with vitamins and nutrients for a perfect start to your day.

  • Salad Dressings: Incorporate pure unsweetened cranberry juice into homemade salad dressings for a unique flavor profile. Delicious and nutritious!

  • Mocktails: Use pure cranberry juice and sparkling water or seltzer as a mixer in place of sweetened cranberry juice for a healthier, refreshing fruit juice mocktail option, or in mixed drinks.

To get your creative juices flowing, here is our favorite, quick and easy cranberry juice smoothie recipe.

Cranberry Smoothie with Pure Cranberry Juice Recipe

Cranberry Smoothie with Pure Cranberry Juice Recipe

A king of all smoothies. Like a summer in a glass with no added sugars. Cranberry juice takes on some notes of sweetness from the orange. Lemon brings out the best in fruit taste and fresh mint finishes everything off with a bang.

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Are You Ready for a Glass of Juice?

Unsweetened pure cranberry juice is a powerhouse of nutrients and offers a range of health benefits, from boosting your immune system to promoting heart and urinary tract health.

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While tart cranberry flavor may take some getting used to, the advantages of including this vibrant pure unsweetened drink in your diet make it worth the effort.

Next time you're looking for a healthful, pure unsweetened beverage, consider reaching for a glass of wild cranberry juice. Having a bottle or two in the fridge at all times is the best way to have a shot of health daily. Your body will thank you.