Cranberries: An Antimicrobial Superfruit

by admin on September 21, 2012

Cranberries are a berry that it is first white- and then ripens, turning a beautiful red color. It is very tart. The name cranberry actually comes from the term “craneberry”, because it was given it’s name by European settlers in America that thought the whole flower looked like a crane.

Raw cranberries score 9,585 units/100g on the ORAC. Cranberries are high in phytochemicals  and polyphenol antioxidants. Some of these are the objects of research studies linking possible benefits to the immune system and cardiovascular system and, and as cancer fighting cells like prostate cells which are isolated.

Cranberry juice can help fight tooth decay by discouraging plaque from forming. Cranberry juice can also discourage kidney stones from forming as well.

When compared with 20 other fruits, cranberries had the highest level of polyphenols. There is research evidence that cranberry tannins have anti-clotting properties and that drinking the juice can discourage bacterial growth in the urinary system.  It is understood that this is because the juice makes the walls of the bladder and entire system, unsuitable for bacterial adhesion.

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