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
Cranberry 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 stones.*
Our Urinary System contains the organs, tubes, muscles, and nerves that
work together to create, store, and carry urine are the urinary system. The
urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, two
sphincter muscles, and the urethra. Prevent infections in such organs with
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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.
"Cranberries 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."
While other 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
Instead, they typically lay their roots at its edge, taking advantage of
the rich soils created by alternating layers of peat, sand, clay, and rock.
Other fruits 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.
Blueberries 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.
Vorsa 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.
"If you 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."
Whereas the 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.
"If 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."
Despite 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 legend.
It was 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.
However, the 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
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
"If 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 cranberry research.
Downing said 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.
"Cranberries 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 Massachusetts.*
According to 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.*
"These 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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