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What is Cranberry?

Cranberry is a small, evergreen shrub grown throughout North America. Cranberry has a long history of use among native American Indian tribes, primarily for treating urinary conditions. Juice and extracts from the fruit (berry) are used as medicine.
Cranberry is most commonly used for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberry JUICE seems to help prevent UTIs, but so far it doesn’t seem to be effective in treating UTIs.
Cranberry is also used for neurogenic bladder (a bladder disease), as well as to deodorize urine in people with urinary incontinence (difficulty controlling urination). Some people use cranberry to increase urine flow, kill germs, speed skin healing, and reduce fever.
Some people use cranberry for type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), scurvy, inflammation of the lining around the lung (pleurisy), and cancer.
In foods, cranberry fruit is used in cranberry juice, cranberry juice cocktail, jelly, and sauce. Cranberry juice cocktail is approximately 26% to 33% pure cranberry juice, sweetened with fructose or artificial sweetener.
The cranberry is effective for:
Preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Research shows that drinking cranberry juice cocktail can help prevent repeated UTIs in older women and pregnant women. Additional research shows that drinking cranberry juice can also help prevent UTIs in hospitalized patients. Some clinical research also supports the use of cranberry-containing capsules for preventing repeated UTIs.
How does it work?
People used to think that cranberry worked for urinary tract infections by making the urine acidic and, therefore, unlikely to support the growth of bacteria. But researchers don’t believe this explanation any more. They now think that some of the chemicals in cranberries keep bacteria from sticking to the cells that line the urinary tract where they can multiply. Cranberry, however, does not seem to have the ability to release bacteria which are already stuck to these cells. This may explain why cranberry is possibly effective in preventing urinary tract infections, but possibly ineffective in treating them.
Cranberry, as well as many other fruits and vegetables, contains significant amounts of salicylic acid, which is an important ingredient in aspirin. Drinking cranberry juice regularly increases the amount of salicylic acid in the body. Salicylic acid can reduce swelling, prevent blood clots, and can have antitumor effects.
Kidney stones: Cranberry juice and cranberry extracts contain a large amount of a chemical called oxalate. In fact, there is some evidence that some cranberry extract tablets can boost the level of oxalate in the urine by as much as 43%. Since kidney stones are made primarily from oxalate combined with calcium, healthcare providers worry that cranberry might increase the risk of kidney stones. If you have a history of kidney stones, avoid taking cranberry extract products or drinking a lot of cranberry juice.
Other names
Agrio, Airelle à Gros Fruits, Airelle Canneberge, Airelle Européenne, Airelle Rouge, American Cranberry, Arándano, Arándano Americano, Arándano Rojo, Arándano Trepador, Atoca, Atoka, Bearberry, Canneberge, Canneberge à Feuillage Persistant, Canneberge d'Amérique, Canneberge Européenne, Cocktail au Jus de Canneberge, Cranberry Extract, Cranberry Fruit, Cranberry Fruit Juice, Cranberry Juice, Cranberry Juice Cocktail, Cranberry Juice Concentrate, Cranberry Powder, Cranberry Powdered Extract, Craneberry, Da Guo Yue Jie, Da Guo Yue Ju, Da Guo Suan Guo Man Yue Ju, European Cranberry, Extrait de Canneberge, Große Moosbeere, Gros Atoca, Grosse Moosbeere, Jus de Canneberge, Jus de Canneberge à Base de Concentré, Jus de Canneberge Frais, Kliukva, Kliukva Obyknovennaia, Kranbeere, Large Cranberry, Man Yue Ju, Man Yue Mei, Moosebeere, Mossberry, Oomi No Tsuruko Kemomo, Oxycoccus hagerupii, Oxycoccus macrocarpos, Oxycoccus microcarpus, Oxycoccus palustris, Oxycoccus quadripetalus, Petite Cannberge, Pois de Fagne, Pomme des Prés, Ronce d'Amerique, Sirop de Canneberge, Small Cranberry, Trailing Swamp Cranberry, Tsuru-Kokemomo, Vaccinium hagerupii, Vaccinium macrocarpon, Vaccinium microcarpum, Vaccinium oxycoccos, Vaccinium palustre.
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Study supports urinary tract infection protection from cranberries

Published July 10, 2012, Reuters

People who regularly drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules are less likely to get urinary tract infections, a new review of past evidence suggests. Researchers found cranberry products seemed especially helpful for women who had trouble with recurrent UTIs.

Although cranberry juice and capsules are popular antidotes to the common bacterial infections, researchers haven't always been sure whether or how they might work. Recent evidence suggests certain compounds in cranberries - and maybe other berries as well - might prevent bacteria from attaching to tissue in the urinary tract, thereby warding off infections.

"What this is doing is solidifying what has been folklore for quite some time," said Dr. Deborah Wing, who has studied urinary tract infections at the University of California, Irvine.

"Finally, the science is catching up to what our mothers have been telling us for so many decades," she told Reuters Health.

Still, Wing noted some women have trouble drinking a lot of cranberry juice or don't like swallowing the large capsules. There's also a lack of data about what form of cranberries - juice versus capsules, for example - is easier to take and better for reducing UTI risk, said Wing, who wasn't involved in the study.

For the new analysis, researchers led by Dr. Chih-Hung Wang from National Taiwan University Hospital consulted 10 earlier studies of about 1,500 people, mostly women, who were randomly assigned to take daily cranberry products, cranberry-free placebo products or nothing.

The amount of cranberry compounds used in the studies varied greatly, from one-gram capsules to close to 200 grams of cranberry juice daily. Overall, participants assigned to cranberry products had 38 percent fewer UTIs, the research team reported Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For women with a history of multiple infections, in particular, the risk of UTI was reduced by 47 percent while on cranberry products. For example, in one study of Canadian women with recurrent infections, there were 19 UTIs among 100 women taking both cranberry capsules and juice over a year, compared to 16 infections in 50 women who were assigned to cranberry-free imitation juice.

Because of differences between the trials and questions of how well participants and doctors were "blinded" to who was getting what product, Wang and colleagues said the findings "should be interpreted with great caution."

"Is (cranberry) the natural cure-all for urinary tract infections? Of course not," said Bill Gurley, a pharmaceutical researcher who has studied dietary interventions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

"For individuals that do have problems with recurrent UTIs, incorporating a little cranberry juice in your diet certainly can't hurt," added Gurley, who wasn't part of the new research team. Still, he told Reuters Health, "We still don't know exactly what the correct dose should be, or what the correct form should be."

Wing said certain women are predisposed to UTIs. Those who are born with a malformed urinary tract or engage in anal sex, for example, are also at higher risk of recurrent infections.

Cranberry juices and capsules are an attractive option for preventing UTIs because unlike with antibiotics, taking the products for long periods of time doesn't increase the risk that drugs used to treat infections will stop working when bacteria build up resistance.

Cranberry tablets are also relatively cheap, starting at about 25 cents per day. However, one recent study found antibiotics were still more effective at preventing infections in Dutch women with recurrent UTIs.

High doses of cranberry products can also cause stomach aches - and the sugar in juice might be a problem for people with diabetes, the researchers noted.

Until the science catches up, Wing said, for women who want to try cranberry products the decision of juice versus capsules "is a matter of personal preference" - as long as they look carefully at product labels and know that not all over-the-counter juices and capsules are created equal.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/07/10/study-supports-urinary-tract-infection-protection-from-cranberries/#ixzz2aAHXAXUl


Life Extension Magazine


By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

You may be surprised to learn that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common form of bacterial infection, accounting for 7 million office visits, 1 million emergency room visits, and 100,000 hospitalizations each year, at an estimated annual cost of $1.6 billion to the American public.1 One third of all women will contract a UTI by the age of 24.1 Once a woman has contracted a UTI, her risk of recurrence is 20%.2

Conventional medicine typically calls for aggressive treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics, including trimethoprim, cephalexin, or ciprofloxacin (Cipro®). The deleterious effects of these drugs on women’s health are notorious: fatigue, nausea, digestive distress, secondary infection, and the eventual evolution of resistant bacterial strains impervious to even the most powerful antibiotics.

In a little-known development, new data have emerged on a low-cost, natural intervention that until recently was available only in Europe. This extract from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower not only exerts direct antibacterial action against microorganisms that cause UTIs,3 but it has also been shown to suppress the fungus responsible for common yeast infestations.

The natural compounds in hibiscus complement the already well-documented efficacy of cranberry.4,5 In women suffering from chronic UTIs (more than 8 infections per year), 200 mg of hibiscus per day reduced UTI recurrence by a remarkable 77%.6

In this article, you will discover exciting new research on the power of these natural, complementary agents and their unique ability to halt the painful cycle of UTIs.

A Dangerous Affliction

The female anatomy (with a shorter urethra) provides an easy route for harmful bacteria to migrate into the urinary tract.

Powerful Protection with Proanthocyanidins

In general, UTIs originate from the transfer of bacteria—most often Escherichia coli from the GI tract—from the anus to the urethra, where they attach to mucosal cells along the urinary tract, colonize, and proliferate. E. coli is the causal agent in 80-95% of acute, non-complicated UTIs. Staphylococcus saprophyticus accounts for most of the remainder.

Harmful bacteria can travel up the urethra, take hold within the bladder, and ultimately ascend into the kidneys. Left unchecked, this can lead to a condition known as pyelonephritis, or kidney infection. Acute pyelonephritis is characterized by shaking chills, flank pain, high fever, and pain in the muscles and joints. Chronic pyelonephritis is a longstanding form of kidney inflammation with symptoms that may be so mild that they go unnoticed. This carries the risk that the infectious inflammatory disease may go undetected as it slowly progresses over many years, until there is enough deterioration to produce kidney failure. In severe cases, pyelonephritis may progress to sepsis (a potentially fatal, whole-body infection of the tissue and bloodstream).

A vicious cycle of repeated infection may also take hold. Many women develop multiple UTIs annually. They are typically administered antibiotics with each infection.

This may induce unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects, ranging from rash, nausea, dizziness, and the destruction of beneficial microflora in the body that leads to yeast infections (candidiasis). Disorders of the digestive tract, including diarrhea, colitis (inflammation of the colon), and abdominal pain are also commonplace. Women often require further medication to treat the secondary yeast infection that results from antibiotics; these anti-fungal medications may produce even more unwanted, detrimental side effects.

The result is a taxing pharmaceutical onslaught that can take an enormous toll on women’s health and well being over time. So-called “superinfections” may even develop—powerfully resistant strains of bacteria that antibiotics are powerless to stop.

For this reason, preventing the initial bacterial invasion of the urethra represents a crucial point of intervention in the progress of UTIs. By inhibiting bacterial adhesion to the urethral lining at this early stage, an infection cannot take root.

Powerful Protection with Proanthocyanidins

Cranberry is the best-known natural preventive option for frequent UTIs. It first emerged as an effective intervention for bladder and urinary tract health in the early twentieth century. Scientists speculated that the benzoic acid in cranberries was metabolized to hippuric acid and excreted in the urine, which prevented bacterial growth by creating an acidic environment in the bladder.

Since then a wealth of clinical data have detailed the precise mechanism by which certain constituent components of the whole cranberry act to powerfully counter UTI onset.7-10 The most recent studies do not indicate a change in urine pH brought about by cranberries (meaning they do not acidify urine). Instead, cranberry’s antimicrobial action arises from a class of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (PACs). In addition to exerting potent antioxidant effects, cranberry PACs block bacteria from taking hold of the cells lining the urinary tract.

The surfaces of E. coli and many other bacteria are covered with motile, tendril-like structures called fimbriae. The fimbria acts as a kind of tentacle, enabling bacteria to “grab onto” other microorganisms, inanimate objects and—most importantly—host cells. A single bacterium may possess as many as 1,000 fimbriae. It is this feature that renders E. coli and other species endowed with fimbriae—including Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Salmonella, and Helicobacter pylori—especially virulent and infectious. They employ these structures to latch onto cells in the mucous membranes at multiple sites of the body and initiate a debilitating and potentially lethal proliferation.

A 2009 study demonstrated conclusively that cranberry PACs provoke disabling alterations in the fimbriae and other surface properties of the E. coli bacterium, vastly diminishing its capacity to attach specifically to the surface of the cells lining the urinary tract.7

Halt the Cycle of Urinary Tract Infections

This process, known as bacteriostasis, prevents harmful bacteria from colonizing the urinary tract. Instead, they are flushed from the urethra during the natural voiding process.

The bacteriostatic effect of cranberry and its extracts has been well documented.11,12 Just 400-500 mg of cranberry extract has been shown to deprive deleterious microbes of their ability to attach to the mucous membrane and colonize the urinary tract.4,5

In examination of women plagued with recurrent bladder infections (6 or more in the prior year), cranberry extract (200 mg twice daily) completely eliminated UTI incidence. Women who continued cranberry supplementation remained infection-free during the next two years.5 Similar benefits were also revealed in a study of children with chronic UTIs.13

Cranberry beverages can also be effective. In one study, occurrence of UTIs was slashed by half in women consuming cranberry juice (250 mL, or about 8 ounces) three times daily and in women consuming cranberry extract twice daily.14 Recent clinical data further indicate that cranberries may also prevent UTIs in adult women at high risk for urinary infections. Researchers have recorded that older women who consumed 300 mL (about 10 ounces) of a cranberry beverage daily experienced only 42% of the risk of UTI of women who consumed a placebo.15

Women who fall prey to the vicious cycle of chronic UTIs may wind up on low-dose antibiotics for months—or even years. The good news is that this may not be necessary. In 2009, a group of researchers compared antibiotics head-to-head with daily supplements of cranberry extract in women suffering from recurrent infection.16 Cranberry (500 mg) and antibiotics (100 mg trimethoprin) were shown to be almost equally effective in preventing UTIs. Although cranberry was slightly outperformed, it posed none of the many dangers of antibiotics.

A further and often overlooked advantage of cranberry extract is cost. In a novel cost effectiveness study, researchers from the University of British Columbia calculated that the amount needed to obtain cranberry’s full bacteriostatic benefit would cost less than half as much in extract form compared to juice.14 Cranberry must be taken daily to prevent UTIs, requiring at least 16 ounces of unsweetened, 100% cranberry juice every day. Low cost one-per-day extracts are also available.

What You Need to Know: Halt the Cycle of Urinary Tract Infections
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common form of bacterial infection.
  • One third of all women will contract a UTI by the age of 24. Once a woman has contracted a UTI, her risk of recurrence is 20%.
  • The proanthocyanidins in cranberry help prevent UTIs, and have been shown to powerfully inhibit E. coli from adhering to the urinary tract.
  • Cranberry is particularly beneficial in preventing recurrent UTIs in women who tend to get multiple UTIs each year.
  • Studies show that cranberry extract in pill form is more economical than drinking large quantities of 100% cranberry juice.
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa, a novel extract recently available only in Europe, prevents UTI-causing bacteria from adhering to the linings of the urinary tract and bladder wall.
  • Equally rich in bacteriostatic polyphenols—including the flavonoid gossypetin—hibiscus possesses profound anti-microbial effects.
  • Hibiscus may exhibit bacteriocidal (bacteria-killing) properties comparable to the antibiotic chloramphenicol without the antibiotic’s side effect profile.
  • In the laboratory, hibiscus has a stronger antimicrobial effect than cranberry, particularly against Candida albicans.
  • The combination of cranberry and hibiscus may provide a synergistic UTI intervention, providing bacteriostatic/bacteriocidal compounds in high concentrations.


Science proves that cranberries stop urinary tract infections, but it's still illegal to say so

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: cranberriesurinary tractinfections


(NaturalNews) A fresh review of previously compiled literature on the healing power of cranberries once again affirms that drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements is a great way to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, the updated findings have the potential to change the mainstream approach to preventing and treating UTIs, that is if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not censor the truth.

Dr. Chih-Hung Wang from National Taiwan University Hospital and his colleagues reviewed 10 earlier studies on cranberries for their new study. These studies collectively included 1,500 participants, all of whom were given either daily cranberry products, a cranberry-free placebo, or nothing at all. And at the conclusion of each study, rates of UTI were evaluated amongst the various groups.

In some of the studies, participants took as little as a one-gram capsule of cranberry as part of their daily treatments, while others drank as much as 200 grams of cranberry juice a day for their treatments. Some participants also took both cranberry capsules and juice, while others took just one or the other.

Overall, it was observed that there was a 38 percent reduction in UTI rates among participants taking some kind of cranberry product, compared to participants taking no cranberry product at all. And particularly among women with a history of UTI, those who took a cranberry product were nearly 50 percent less likely to develop an infection than when they were taking no cranberry product.

"What this is doing is solidifying what has been folklore for quite some time," said Dr. Deborah Wing, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) who was not involved in the study, but who has been studying urinary tract infections for quite some time. "Finally, the science is catching up to what our mothers have been telling us for so many decades."

FDA prohibition of health speech will keep millions in the dark about cranberries

The findings of the cranberry review are remarkable, as they scientifically reinforce what many of us have known for quite some time about this amazing fruit. But because the FDA prohibits the dissemination of truthful, scientific information about the health benefits of food, millions of Americans will likely continue to remain ignorant about how cranberries, as well as a host of other natural foods, can improve their health and prevent disease.

As many NaturalNews readers will recall, the FDA has, on several occasions, gone on a censorship rampage to stop companies from publicly sharing the health benefits of various foods. In 2005, for instance, the FDA sent warning letters to 29 companies that market cherries, warning them that they could not reference any valid science in their marketing materials that explained how cherries reduce inflammation and essentially cure arthritis. (http://www.naturalnews.com/019366.html)

The FDA did the same thing in 2010 to walnuts, threatening the Diamond Foods company that if it did not stop telling its customers about how walnuts can help lower bad cholesterol levels, prevent stroke and heart disease, and even fight cancer, among other things, that the agency would basically shut the company down. (http://www.lef.org)

We expect nothing different from the FDA concerning cranberries, as the agency bizarrely considers any food that has health benefits attached to it to be a drug, at least when the company growing, marketing, or selling said food is the one making the claims. Fortunately; however, the natural health community is still free to spread the truth, as is NaturalNews, and we fully intend to continue spreading this truth far and wide to all who will listen.


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036490_cranberries_urinary_tract_infections.html#ixzz2aAI5MU9T


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