Cranberries have many amazing properties that help support kidney and bladder function but did you know that they also an excellent antioxidant?
5 Reasons Why You Should Add The Zip Of Cranberries To Your Recipes:
1. Preventing UTIs: Recent studies show cranberries may not be as effective at curing urinary tract infections as we once thought – they are actually better at preventing UTI’s! (1) Active ingredients, such as proanthocyanidins, in cranberries impede the attachment of harmful bacteria to the walls of the urinary system preventing UTIs before they happen. (2)
2. Cranberries are good for your teeth: Polyphenols found in cranberries may prevent dental cavities and gum disease by stopping bacteria that produce this damage from settling in the mouth. (3) Remember, many processed cranberry products have added sugar, which destroys the healing effect of the berry and increases your risk of dental problems.
3. Protect your prostate with cranberries: Quercetin, a bioflavanoid found in cranberries, lowers risk of prostate cancer by squashing abnormal prostate cells before they have a chance to grow. (4)
4. Protect your heart: A diet rich in flavanoids like those found in the magnificent cranberry have been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease. Flavanoids are antioxidants that help protect the heart by inhibiting cellular damage by harmful molecules we may encounter daily such as car exhaust and pollution. (5)
5. Protect your stomach: Concentrated cranberry juice has been shown to kill harmful H. Pylori bacteria in the stomach and prevent their reproduction. (6) These nasty bacteria cause inflammation of the stomach lining which can lead to ulcers and stomach cancer.
Note: Not all cranberry offerings are created equal. Many cranberry sauces and juices are loaded with white sugar, which can lower your immune system. Thankfully, you can now find fruit juice-infused, dried cranberries and unsweetened juice in local health food stores, and even in the healthy food aisles of major grocery chains. So, be sure to read the labels to make sure you are getting the real thing so you get all the health benefits without compromise. Try mixing unsweetened cranberry juice with other juices for a refreshing sweet and sour infusion.
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2. Howell AB1, Botto H, Combescure C, Blanc-Potard AB, Gausa L, Matsumoto T, Tenke P, Sotto A, Lavigne JP: “Dosage effect on uropathogenic Escherichia coli anti-adhesion activity in urine following consumption of cranberry powder standardized for proanthocyanidin content: a multicentric randomized double blind study.” BMC Infect Dis. 2010 Apr 14;10:94. doi 10.1186/1471-2334-10-94.
3. Vu Dang La, Amy B. Howell and Daniel Grenier: “Anti-Porphyromonas gingivalis and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of A-Type Cranberry Proanthocyanidins.” Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2010 May; 54(5): 1778–1784. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01432-09 PMCID: PMC2863644
4. Senthilkumar K1, Elumalai P, Arunkumar R, Banudevi S, Gunadharini ND, Sharmila G, Selvakumar K, Arunakaran J.: “Quercetin regulates insulin like growth factor signaling and induces intrinsic and extrinsic pathway mediated apoptosis in androgen independent prostate cancer cells (PC-3).” Mol Cell Biochem. 2010 Nov;344(1-2):173-84. doi: 10.1007/s11010-010-0540-4. Epub 2010 Jul 25.
5. Ajay P. Singh, Ted Wilson, Amanda J Kalk James Cheong and Nicholi Vorsa: "Isolation of Specific Cranberry Flavonoids for Biological Activity Assessment.” Food Chem. 2009 Oct 15; 116(4): 963–968. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.03.062 PMCID: PMC2749689 NIHMSID: NIHMS125038
6. Barrie R. Cassileth, K. Simon Yeung, Jyothirmai Gubili: “Herb-drug Interactions in Oncology” July 2010