Astonishing Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are an amazing berry and should be considered a super food. Research presented in just the last year alone on what this little fruit offers is astonishing. The benefits that cranberries offer are far more than previously understood. No longer should cranberries be only relegated to urinary tract infection (UTI) support, a garnish dish at the Thanksgiving dinner table or the high sugar cocktail juice that your grandmother drinks. Amazing health benefits are wrapped up in this little berry.

Cranberry, Candida and Biofilms

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The Cranberry – Superstar Fruit Battles Bacteria and Kills Cancer

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Potent, pucker-inducing, and pretty, cranberries have been around the holiday table for about 400 years. Native Americans used crushed cranberries to preserve pemmican, a dried meat mixture that, thanks to the benzoic acid in the little red berries, stayed well preserved and palatable over the winter. Pilgrims served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving dinner, starting one of many traditions that we still practice today. You may have tried cranberry juice and sauce, or snacked on the dried fruits. But after you learn how powerful these tart berries are, you may want to eat them all year long. (more…)

The Anatomy of the Urinary System

The urinary system is the Rodney Dangerfield of the body: it gets no respect. Medical doctors pay worship to the cardiovascular and nervous systems; alternative healers pay homage to the colon and practice ancient detoxing rites. But who thinks about the urinary system? Who pays attention to the kidneys until something goes wrong? And make no mistake, things go wrong. When it comes to the urinary system, we’re not just talking about kidney stones and kidney failure, which affect millions of people in the United States alone, but more significantly kidney sludge, which compromises kidney function in virtually every adult living in a first world country. And we’re also talking about infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, not to mention incontinence in the bladder. (more…)

Prevent or reverse hardening of the arteries without deadly pharmaceuticals

It’s commonly known that cranberry juice is beneficial for clearing and eliminating infections of urinary tracts. But several studies have recently discovered another benefit for cranberry juice – heart health.

Hardened and obstructed arteries lead to blood vessels collapsing or rupturing, initiating heart attacks. Cranberry juice helps arteries become more flexible as well as remaining sufficiently dilated to not obstruct blood flow. (more…)

Cranberry Juice Fights Infection at Molecular Level

Important research published in  Molecular Nutrition and Food Research has identified how cranberry juice works at the molecular level to fight virulent E. coli infections in the urinary tract. The team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts that conducted the study found that cranberry juice literally stops E. coli cells from attaching themselves to urinary tract cells, which in turn prevents infection.

E. coli cells are covered in small, hair-like filaments called fimbriae, which clasp onto healthy cells and spread throughout the body. But molecules in cranberry juice cause these fimbriae to curl up, which effectively stops them from being able to latch onto urinary tract cells (more…)