Cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
Diverse and unique composition of cranberry determine its numerous benefits to our health. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, therefore in antiquity called it "rejuvenating" grain. In the structure of cranberry nature included minerals: boron, iron, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, silver, phosphorus and others. Cranberry is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3 C, K, but it also contains high quantities of vitamin C. Cranberry contains organic acids: benzoic acid, citric acid, cinchona acid, malic and others. Due to the high content of benzoic acid, cranberries, not can be long stored, but is widely used as a natural preservative. In these small fruits are present many other biologically active components that are vital for our body.
Cranberry and urinary tract infection:
Urinary tract infection is usually caused by bacteria or germs that get into the urinary tract and multiply, causing redness, swelling and pain. There's an easy way to promote a healthy urinary tract - the inclusion of cranberry in our diet. Recent studies suggest that this is due to the unusual nature of proanthocyanidins (PACs), contained in a small red fruits that contribute to the prevention of urinary tract infections. The special structure of these PACs (including A-type connections between components) acts as a barrier to bacteria. Proanthocyanidins or condensed tannins help prevent certain bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. When bacteria can not adhere, they can not cause infection. Powerful antioxidants found in these fruits are particularly useful for women. According to a recent study, women can maintain their healthy urinary tract by drinking a glass of cranberry cocktail twice a day. These benefits offer also cranberry extract in soft gelatine capsules.
Other health benefits:
A significant part of the recent studies show that cranberries offer protection for our cardiovascular system and liver. Several groups of researchers summarised their findings in concluding that the beneficial characteristics of the fruit is due to synergy between nutrients. Cranberry is very useful for our digestive and cardiovascular systems. Contributes to the normal metabolism and helps protect our urinary system.
Scientific studies have shown that fresh cranberries and cranberry juice normalised cholesterol metabolism and prevented the formation of blood clots in blood vessels. Cranberries help to improve the status of coronary heart. Due to the high concentration of antioxidants and other phytonutrients, berries secure a variety of benefits for heart health. Studies have shown that cranberries contain the highest concentrations of flavonoids, which, as in the red wine, can improve circulation and help prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. The consumption of these healthy fruits can boost HDL - "good" cholesterol.
The red fruits can assist in preventing Helicobacter pylori - an infection in the stomach, leading to ulceration. They slow the accumulation of dental plaque. Cranberry is also recommended for other health ailments ranging from arthritis to gout and eczema.
Interactions with medication:
Drinking cranberry juice may interact with medications such as blood thinners, some antibiotics, aspirin, antacids, proton pump inhibitors and drugs that affect the liver. Before you start taking Cranberry consult with your doctor if you are taking medication.
Food supplement is used as an aid to the diet that:
- assists function urinary system;
- contributes to the normal function of the digestive and cardiovascular systems;
- is a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect cells from oxidative stress.
Ingredients in 1 capsule:
Cranberry extract - 150 mg
Vitamin E - 6.7 mg α-TE /10 IU/
As a food supplement for adults, take one or two capsules a day with meals.
Packing: 30 capsules