Cranberries have long been a part of every family’s Christmas dinner. Typically served as an accompaniment to turkey, these tart, red berries are cooked down to a chutney type sauce. However, the benefits of cranberries go beyond turkey.

These berries are great for your skin.

Cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, so don’t hold back when they come around the table this year. But what is it that makes them so good for you and your skin?

Every day, our skin is under assault – from UV rays, pollution, or cigarette smoke. This damage causes free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron.

As a result, those unpaired molecules try to steal electrons from other molecules, including vital skin components. The result is visible skin damage, in the form of lines, wrinkles, and redness. Luckily, antioxidants can supply those missing electrons, calm attacking molecules, and prevent damage.

Antioxidants are among the most important preventive ingredients for the skin. They can effectively prevent (and minimise) redness and inflammation, and are essential for slowing the signs of skin aging.

These berries are surprisingly versatile too. Why not try our Cranberry Mulled Wine Recipe for a different take on this festive super food.

What You Will Need

1 (750 ml) bottle Shiraz, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 2 slices ginger, 2 oranges, halved, juiced, 2 lemons, halved, juiced, 2 limes, halved, juice, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup cranberries and 4 cups apple cider

Directions

In a large sauce pan combine the wine, cinnamon, anise, ginger, the juice and the flesh of the oranges, lemons, limes, the sugar, cranberries, and apple cider. Bring to a slow simmer for about 1 hour and check for seasoning, as it may need more sugar (this depends of the sweetness of your apple cider) Serve strained in mugs.