Cranberry Juice Questioned As UTI Healer(IVANHOE NEWSWIRE)-
Cranberry juice, once considered a magical elixir for decreasing urinary tract infections, faces tough scrutiny as a reliable remedy.
College-aged women who tested positive for having a urinary tract infection were assigned to drink eight ounces of cranberry juice or a placebo juice twice a day for either six months or until a recurrence of a urinary tract infection, whichever happened first. Of the participants who suffered a second urinary tract infection, the cranberry juice drinkers had a recurrence rate of almost 20 percent, while those who drank the placebo suffered only a 14 percent recurrence.
“We assumed that we would observe a 30 percent recurrence rate among the placebo group. It is possible that the placebo juice inadvertently contained the active ingredients that reduce urinary tract infection risk, since both juices contained Vitamin C,” Betsy Foxman, study author, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, was quoted as saying. “Another possibility is that the study protocol kept participants better hydrated, leading them to urinate more frequently, therefore decreasing bacterial growth and reducing urinary tract infection symptoms.”
SOURCE: Infectious Diseases Society of America, December 2010
Cranberries and Ovarian Cancer
In the United States, ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. It is the leading cause of death related to gynecological malignancy, and the 2nd most commonly diagnosed in the same area. A woman's ovary gives life, but sometimes it also takes it away.
But the cranberry has something to say about all this: that it might just be the answer ovarian cancer patients are looking for!
Cranberry Juice and Dark Chocolate
Cranberry juice and dark chocolate. A weird combination, don't you think? But since we're on the topic of delicious food and good health, it isn't. Fact is dark chocolate and cranberry juice are two of the most studied types of food right now regarding health benefits. The good news is that the results look very promising.
Cranberries and Respiratory Diseases
All of us knew cranberries are good for treating UTI (or urinary tract infection) and now we just learned that they're good for the teeth as well. But did you know cranberries can take care of your heart, too? It's official. Cranberries, or cranberry juice, help fight heart complications and other respiratory diseases, recent studies found out.
Cranberry Juice and Yeast Infection
What do you know about yeast infection.
Yeast infection is a serious bacterial disease. It grows on different parts of the body, anywhere from inside the mouth to the vagina. Have you looked into someone's mouth and saw white patches of skin like dried milk? That person has yeast infection.
Maybe you ought to ask your friend to drink some cranberry juice.
How Cranberry Juice is good for the Teeth
Be careful what you drink, even if it's just cranberry juice. Most people think that the cranberry's anti-adhesion property has a very potent health benefit: it helps clean up the urinary tract. Which is true. But the same is also true for the teeth, as most experts believe.
Still you should watch the kinds of cranberry juice you drink. Let's elaborate on this more in the next section.
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are a native North American fruit. Tart and citric-tasting, cranberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and may be useful in preventing urinary tract infections. Commercially available cranberry juice conveys some of the positive nutrition of fresh cranberries, but may be overly diluted and frequently contains excessive amounts of unnecessary sweeteners. Homemade cranberry juice provides all the flavorful, nutritional health benefits of cranberries but lets you control the ingredients.
Your diet and your liver are inextricably linked. Your liver is a crucial part of your digestive process, producing bile that aids in the breakdown of foods, and changing amino acids into glucose -- the brain's nutritional source of energy. Your liver also aids in filtering out the harmful junk that accumulates in your blood, including alcohol and toxins. Just as your liver can affect your ability to metabolize foods, the foods you eat can affect your liver in damaging ways when they are consumed in excessive amounts.