Monday, January 2, 2012

Cranberry Joy

This blog is dedicated to my favourite scent from The Body Shop. They usually only carry this body butter in store during the winter so I always make sure to stock up for the whole year. For me this is how Christmas smells like, I adore the smell and I especially love how smooth my skin feels every time I apply this product. The Cranberry Joy body butter doesn't have that citrus smell of the cranberry, it is very sweet and it almost smells like wine. Absolutely wonderful!

Few interesting facts about the cranberry:
  • To Americans and Canadians it is known to be a staple of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • The shrug grows close to the ground  and it thrives in wet, cold bogs and swamps.
  • It is red in color and rather bitter, acidic to taste requiring to be sweetened or mixed with other foods.
  • The cranberry is a wonderful source of antioxidants with a very acceptable ORAC score. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.
  • The total phenol content and antioxidant activity is nearly double that of the apple, red grape, strawberry, banana, peach, lemon, orange, pear and grapefruit.
  • Cranberry juice is becoming known as a potent antibacterial for combating urinary tract infection (UTI). Contrary to popular belief , it is not the acidity of cranberry juice that provides this UTI protective effect, but rather distinct bacteria-blocking compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs). While many fruits contain similar compounds, thus far only PACs of cranberries and blueberries which are botanically related species, have shown to exhibit this effect.
Rinn, Roger C, PhD, and Ralph E Carson, PhD. Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruit  pg.93
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