Normally the only time we consume cranberries is with some turkey and brie in a crusty baguette or maybe when we are sipping a cosmopolitan on a night out.
This scarlet red, tart and tangy berry gained its scientific credit back in 1994 when a study found cranberry juice was able to reduce urinary tract infections in females by 42%. Since then more and more studies have been conducted with all the same results appearing.
The multi actions of this little super berry in urinary tract infections include:
- Acidifies the urine
- Antibacterial properties
- Reduces ability of E.coli bacteria to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract
Cranberry juice or a cranberry supplement can be used as prevention for people who are susceptible to this infection and can also be useful when an infection occurs.
With continuing research they are finding the health benefits of cranberries are continually increasing. Cranberries have the ability to:
- Antibiotic activity against E.coli bacteria strains
- Antiviral activity against viruses
- Fight against the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2)
- Probiotic activity in our gut (good bacteria)
- Anti-cancer properties
Cranberries are rich in Vitamin C, dietary fibre (when eating the berry) and antioxidants. Grab a punnet of cranberries today and add them to your muesli, fruit salad or mix with yoghurt.