By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
If you suffer from the pain and discomfort of urinary tract infections, you’re certainly not alone. A urinary tract infection is mostly caused by bacteria or germs which get into the urinary tract and multiply, causing redness, swelling and pain. But there’s actually a great way to promote good urinary tract health, and it starts by taking a glass of cranberry juice per day. Go ahead take the challenge!
Cranberries can help cure urinary tract infections.
Cranberries contain powerful antioxidants called proanthocyanidins or condensed tannins, and they prevent certain bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. And if bacteria can’t stick, bacteria cannot cause infection. The anti-adhesion benefits of drinking a glass of cranberry cocktail starts within two hours and can last for up to 10 hours.
Cranberries are rich in vitamin C to help protect your immune system. In fact, one cup of 100% juice blends provides the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C with no added sugar nor preservatives. Toss some tangy, sweetened dried cranberries into cereal, yogurt, muffins and salads. Just 1/3 cup has the same health benefits as one cup of cranberry cocktail. You can most certainly add extra flavor to your next grilled salmon, chicken, turkey and pork dish.
Besides helping in fighting urinary tract infection cranberries are also great against heart disease because they contain flavonoids, studies reported by WenMD suggest that cranberries can be a weapon in the war against atherosclerosis, or what they used to call “hardening of the arteries”. Flavonoids help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol clogging the walls of your arteries while increasing the level of good cholesterol in your system.
They are also excellent in the fight against cancer. Researchers have cited that increased ingestion of cranberries as a factor in inhibiting the development of breast cancer cells in animals. Although preliminary, this exciting research shows that diet changes can have an impact on our health and aid in fight disease.
Another other Health Benefit of Cranberries is that they have also been associated with decreased production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth, and in reducing the bacteria associated with peptic stomach ulcers.
Said and done by adding more cranberries to your diet and taking advantage of the health benefits associated with this colorful fruit you will certainly have more peace of mind and health and able to really enjoy life.