Parts used - the ripe fruit
Common Uses Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections
How Cranberry Works
A large percentage of urinary tract infections are caused by the bacteria Escherichia Coli, that most of us know as E Coli. For an infection to develop the bacteria must stick to the cells lining the wall of bladder. Cranberry prevents E Coli from sticking and an infection is therefore less likely to occur.
One capsule (300-400 mg) should be taken morning and night. Be sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. A quality cranberry juice is also a good idea, but be sure to read the label carefully first - you want to be drinking cranberry juice not sugar!
Side Effects There are no known side effects.
There are no contraindications to taking cranberry while you are pregnant or lactating. There are no known interactions with antibiotics or other drugs.
It should be noted however that in the case of an acute urinary tract infection, cranberry is not a substitute for antibiotics.
The History of Cranberry
Native Americans first introduced the cranberry to the pilgrims. It was used then, both as a food and for medicinal purposes to prevent kidney stones and to cleanse the blood.
The beginning of this century saw the first research into cranberry as a preventative and cure for urinary tract infections. It has not looked back since.
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