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Cranberry, an effective treatment for urinary tract infections and cystitis

Where does Cranberry come from?

The cranberry plant is closely related to the blueberry, and has been used for centuries by Native Americans in both healing and cooking.

In early American medicine, the berries were crushed and used as poultices for treating wounds. Cranberries were also believed to assist in treating stomach ailments and liver problems.

Today, cranberries are cultivated widely throughout the US and Canada.

The name cranberry is derived from the word craneberry as the flowers of the shrub were thought to resemble the heads of the cranes that frequented the bogs where it grew.

How can Cranberry help me?

In several studies, Cranberry has proven effective in preventing and treating urinary tract infections. Research shows that components found in Cranberries may prevent bacteria such as E.coli from clinging to the cells along the wall of the urinary tract.

Women are 10 times more likely to develop urinary tract infections than men, and research has proved that Cranberry is effective for both young and older women.

Cranberry also appears to shorten the duration of infections, and helps to alleviate the burning, pain and itching associated with UTI’s.

As Cranberry assists in deodorizing urine, people suffering from incontinence will also benefit from the use of this red berry.

In addition, Cranberry is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side effects I need to know about when using Cranberry?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

There are no known side-effects from the short-term or long-term use of Cranberry and studies have shown that it is safe for pregnant and lactating women to use.

Cranberry has no known interactions with antibiotics or other medicines.

Drinking excessive amounts of Cranberry juice can however cause stomach upsets and care should be taken when Cranberry is used for more than 12 months in patients that are prone to kidney stones.

How do I take Cranberry?

For Cranberry to be effective, you need to take at least 800mg of Cranberry extract a day. You can also drink 450ml of undiluted Cranberry juice a day.

For the best medical effect, rather choose Cranberry capsules and undiluted juice, as some processed juices contain sweeteners and are diluted with water to mask the Cranberry’s tart taste.

Cranberry is also available in tincture form.

To prevent recurring infections, the dose can be cut in half.

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