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Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon)
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Why cranberry is good for you

Cranberry is a berry that is native to the Northern American continent and is closely related to the blueberry botanically.

Cranberry has been used for centuries for healing, specifically to treat wounds and tumours, as a remedy for scurvy and for gum health.

When cranberry is consumed, it purifies and acidifies the urine and produces a powerful natural substance called hippuric acid in the urine. Hippuric acid has a strong antibiotic effect on the urinary tract and it discourages (sometimes it even eliminates) harmful, infection-causing bacteria in the urinary tract.

Cranberry also stops harmful microorganisms from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract, thus making it inhospitable for harmful bacteria such as E. coli to invade and prevents urinary tract infection.

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Important cranberry facts

 

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Types of cranberry supplementation

Cranberry is available in the following forms:

  • Capsule - dried cranberry added to capsules
  • Tablet - dried cranberry is formed into a tablet
  • Soft gel - soft gelatin capsules are filled with liquid cranberry
  • Liquid/Juice - cranberries are crushed to make a liquid juice
  • Fresh/Dried Fruit - cranberry fresh or dried

People who wish to take a cranberry supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

 

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Cranberry supplementation checklist

 

Cranberry and health

 

 

  • Urinary tract infections - numerous studies have proved that cranberry is effective in preventing and treating urinary tract infections (UTI) by providing an inhospitable urinary tract environment so that bacteria cannot stick to the lining of the urinary tract and cannot cause infection. Several studies have shown that daily consumption of cranberry, either in fresh berry, juice or supplement form, dramatically reduced recurrence of UTI's. Cranberry also shortens the duration of UTI's and helps to alleviate pain, burning, itching and other symptoms of UTI

People who wish to take a cranberry supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Cranberry in food

Cranberry is only available in the one food - the cranberry!

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How to take cranberry

Dosage of cranberry depends on the condition that is being treated. A medical doctor and/or alternative health care provider can advise on individual cases.

This information is provided only as a general guide. For individual information, consult your doctor to diagnose and treat your condition.

 

lifestage age Amount (per day)
INFANTS 0-12mths Fresh fruit and juice are fine
CHILDREN 1-8yrs Fresh fruit and juice are fine
CHILDREN 9-18yrs
Fresh fruit and juice are fine
ADULTS 19-50yrs
Treating an existing UTI
400mg tablet 2 times a day or
2 cups fresh (unsweetened) juice
Preventing UTI recurrences
400mg tablet once a day or
1 cup fresh (unsweetened) juice
SENIORS 51+yrs Treating an existing UTI
400mg tablet 2 times a day or
2 cups fresh (unsweetened) juice
Preventing UTI recurrences
400mg tablet once a day or
1 cup fresh (unsweetened) juice
PREGNANT   Fresh fruit and juice are fine
LACTATING   Fresh fruit and juice are fine


People who wish to take an cranberry supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Cranberry works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for cranberry

Cranberry is a food, so safe to take. Cranberry juice and supplements also appear safe in the dosages recommended.

Cranberry juice, if taken in excessive amounts, may cause some gastrointestinal upset (nausea, stomach cramps) and diarrhoea.

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Last reviewed: 1 January 2010 || Last updated: 1 January 2010

 

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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.