The tail end of summer is the ideal time to start adding cranberries into your meal planning. Cranberries are sweet and sour/tart. They are beneficial for cooling the blood as well as for reducing excess heat in the body at the end of a hot summer. Cranberries are considered a transitional food. Their acidity paired with their cooling nature assists with the rebuilding that is necessary as we move into the colder season. Cranberries support the bladder, kidneys and skin health. Unsweetened cranberry juice and capsules may alleviate mild urinary tract disorders. Cranberries are a source of natural antibacterial agents and have the ability to increase the acidity of urine. Bacteria in turn loses its grip on the urethral wall and get flushed away. Cranberries contain vitamins A, some Bs (1,2,3,5), C and E plus some phytonutrients such as lutein and quercetin. Other micronutrients include calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sulfur and zinc.

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