LifeSource Vitamins Cranberry Concentrate capsules are a
convenient way of obtaining the benefits of cranberry juice. It takes over 8
pounds of whole cranberries to produce 1 pound of Cranberry Concentrate powder.
Cranberry has been used for years and recommended by many doctors for patients
with recurrent urinary tract infections, and has been shown to be effective in
several clinical trials on patients with active and recurring urinary tract
infections. Cranberry has also been shown to reduce the amount of ionized
calcium in the urine by more than 50% in patients with recurrent kidney stones.
produces a certain class of molecules known as flavonoids, substances that have
been investigated for their nutritional benefits and antibacterial activity.
Studies have shown that the particular flavonoids produced by the cranberry
have a strong antibacterial effect. Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid
that is capable of defeating the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections,
and this flavonoid is attached to a sugar that seeks out the cells that line
the urinary tract. Cranberry is great for urinary tract infections and kidney
Our Urinary System contains the organs, tubes, muscles, and nerves that work together to
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See The Cranberry Cure
In the early
days of the American Republic, one tiny, red fruit would become a fixture of
the fall harvest and a mainstay of holiday meals. The cranberry -- one of only
a few commercial fruits native to North America -- might have even sat beside a
roast turkey at the first Thanksgiving feast.
But how did the tart cranberry become an industrial crop with 800 million pounds grown
annually when other native fruits are so much sweeter? It wasn't just the
health benefits, clever marketing, or grandma's cranberry chutney -- it was a
happenstance of evolution. Cranberries float.
are very much associated with water," said geneticist Nick Vorsa, who
directs the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research in
Chatsworth, N.J. "You don't find it very far away."
fruits like apples can also float, cranberries float particularly well because
of little air pockets at their core. Like many species of plants native to
North America, the cranberry is specially adapted to wetlands -- water-soaked
areas that create transition points between dry land and open water. But
cranberries do not grow directly in the water.
they typically lay their roots at its edge, taking advantage of the rich soils
created by alternating layers of peat, sand, clay, and rock.
are dependent on hungry creatures to spread their seed, so sweetness can help
their chance of being eaten and transported elsewhere. Not cranberries. Because
of their little air pockets, the fruit falls from the plant's long vines when
ripe and lets the water transport it to distant beds. This advantage dictated
the fruit we eat today.
and cranberries are close cousins and are in fact not berries at all; they
belong instead to a class of fruits known as epigynous or false berries. Unlike
a true berry, the fruit grows from beneath the rest of the flower parts and as
the fruit ripens the flower stays attached and ripens as well.
believes that at some point during the last ice age there were fewer animals to
eat the fruits, and this might have driven the two species to diverge. The
cranberries developed an acidity level five times higher than blueberries
because it came to rely on water for seed dispersal. Cranberries did not need
to produce large amounts of sugar that their blue-colored relatives required to
entice consumption by animals in order to spread their seeds.
look at its cousin the blueberry, it's easy to see how it gets dispersed,"
said Vorsa. "It has high sugar content. Essentially, the plant is
telling animals and birds that it's ready to be eaten."
blueberry would develop a compound called linalool, which is what gives the
fruit its pleasant blueberry flavor, the diverged cranberries developed a different compound called tannin -- which is used in processing leather.
you've bitten into a green banana you'll get this dry mouthfeel," said
Vorsa. "The chemical compound that causes this is there to prevent it from
being eaten ... cranberries have the same compound."
this Native Americans had been using wild cranberries long before Europeans
arrived. They did not simply eat it, they used the fruit to preserve animal
meat, dye fabric and treat wounds with a cranberry mixture called a poultice.
And legend holds that native people helped save early European settlers from
the harsh winters, in part, by introducing them to cranberries. The modern
Thanksgiving tradition of having cranberries might have grown out of this
several generations before cranberry farms emerged in America and those early
farms were small because the fruit needed to be picked by hand, requiring large
seasonal work camps that kept labor costs high.
cranberry's evolved the ability to float would eventually transform more than its
taste. Farmers realized by the 1960s that they could flood their bogs, run a
special harvester through and then skim the buoyant red berries right off the
surface. The development revolutionized cranberry farming.
In the two
centuries since cranberry farming started in locations with natural low-lying
waterlogged terrain -- like portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon and
Washington state -- wetlands were drained and converted into large cranberry
bogs. Much of that growth has come just in the last two decades, as the bitter
fruit has outgrown its humble beginnings to support an industry that now takes
up 40,000 acres across the country.
you've ever had pure cranberry juice it's pretty harsh, but it does blend well
with other flavors," said Jere Downing, executive director of the
Cranberry Institute in East Wareham, Mass., an industry group that sponsors
that today very few cranberries make it to grocery stores in their original
form, with 95 percent of the harvested fruit processed into mixed juices and
canned fruit. But the cranberry has also come to be appreciated for its growing
list of health benefits.
are able to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract, thus
preventing urinary tract infections," said Terri Camesano, an associate
professor in chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in central
Downing, new research has shown that cranberries could also help with a range
of medical problems, from preventing cavities to warding off viral infections.
Though he is quick to point out such results are preliminary and need more
testing before they can confidently say the benefits are documented.*
effects have only been seen in cranberries," Camesano said. "The
compounds in cranberries that are believed to be responsible have not been
found in any other fruits."
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