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The Health Benefits of Cranberry

The cranberry is native to North America and it was a staple of native Americans. They used it for a tasty ingredient for all types of meals. In addition, the cranberry was used as a dye for blankets, rugs and even used as an ingredient to treat arrow wounds.

Modern research has shown that the cranberry has many health benefits.

Cranberries and urinary tract infection

A urinary tract infection (UTI) afflicts both women and men, so for those who have suffered this unpleasant experience, the cranberry is a welcome natural solution. Many do not want to take prescription medication due to personal choices and the potential for unhealthy side efforts. Cranberries help to reduce UTI's.

According to research cranberries contain proanthocyanidins. These inhibit adhesion of bacteria to the bladder itself. This compound prevents Escherichia coli (E. coli) from sticking to the walls and reproducing, thus greatly reducing the occurrence for an infection. It is the proanthocyanidins that are the secret agents of the cranberry to prevent a urinary tract infection UTI.

In 1998, Dr. Amy Howell first reported the anti-adhesion properties of the cranberry. In addition, according to presentations at the 2002 Experimental Biology conference it was reported that a single eight-ounce glass of cranberry juice prevented E. coli from sticking to the walls of the bladder of six volunteers. 1 proanthocyanidins found in cranberries not only inhibits bacteria from adhering to the bladder, but this anti-sticking benefit can last up to 10 hours after consumption.

Cranberries and Healthy Teeth and Dental Health

Healthy teeth and positive dental health is vital not only for a positive social encounters but for maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Dental plaque can contribute to a whole host of health issues including bad breath, heart issues and more. Plaque is composed primarily of bacteria that can attach to the gums and teeth. In addition the attaching the teeth and gums, oral bacteria also attaches to other bacteria in the mouth thus forming a colony of bacteria in the mouth.

Cranberry juice has a unique component referred to as a high-molecular-weight nondialysable material (NDM). This NDM has the ability to inhibit and reverse the colonization of certain oral bacteria that is responsible for periodontal disease and dental plaque.

Dental plaque is the result of oral bacteria that has attached itself to the gums and teeth. As you know, plaque soon becomes very hard. In addition, plaque may comprise of hundred of species of bacteria and can be resistant to salvia and brushing. Once the bacterium hardens, it is your dentist’s job to scrape the plaque off with highly specialized dental tools. Dental plaque can be a major cause of periodontal disease.

Cranberries amazing anti-adhesion ability not only prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder, it also helps oral bacteria from sticking to your teeth and gums.

Other studies have shown that cranberries help to fight kidney stone formation They can also help fight the herpes virus and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

The cranberry is rather sour, but that is a small price to pay when they can do so much to help your health. You can also obtain cranberries in supplement form, however many supplements do not contain enough cranberry.

** These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. **
** These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. **
** As always, check with your doctor or health care professional before taking these products. **

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