illnesses.   Studies have shown that the chemical and physiological effects of
cranberries provide benefits to the urinary tract, and drinking cranberry juice may help
to prevent urinary tract infections.  Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PACs).  
PACs are effective in inhibiting the fimbrial adhesion of bacteria, including Escherichia
coli, to the urinary tract epithelium.   

Studies have also shown that cranberries are effective in the prevention of kidney
stones.  In the United States, about 75 to 85 percent of kidney stones are made up
of calcium salts.  Several studies have shown that cranberries are beneficial in
decreasing the amount of ionized calcium by greater than 50 percent in patients with
recurrent kidney stones.   

The deeper the red color of the cranberries, the higher the concentration of the
healthy anthocyanin pigments.  Fresh cranberries, compared to the dried, have the
highest amount of the antioxidants.  Processing, storage, and heating reduces the
antioxidant levels.


Sources:

Murray , Michael N.D.. The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods.
New York: Atria Books, 2005.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention-5 A Day.

National Agricultural Library-USDA. usda.gov.

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia


Fresh cranberries are low in
calories and are an excellent
source of vitamin C, soluble fiber,
and insoluble fiber.  They also
provide a good source of
manganese and copper.  
Cranberries are a rich source of
anthocyanidins, which are
antioxidant pigments that give
fruits and vegetables their blue,
purple, and red pigments.   

For centuries, Native Americans
have used cranberry
preparations to treat urinary
tract infections (UTIs) and other
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