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Cranberry is a wonderful fruit in terms of great taste and nutrition value. It has a long history as part of our diet and due to its high nutrition value is now being added in leading herbal dietary supplements. Cranberry is usually treated as a traditional holiday food and is also a popular ingredient in several commercial beverages.
Apart from great taste Cranberry also offers a number of benefits too. It is a good source of vitamin C and in fact cranberry juice is advised to patients having any problem with their urinary tract. This fruit is also found to be a good source of iodine, a trace mineral that is essential for the proper function of the thyroid.
Cranberry added to herbal dietary supplement for their medicinal value are made from dried and ground berries. Good herbal diet supplements like Seasilver add to their supplement the concentrated juice made from Cranberry minus the fiber to make it easier for your body to absorb the available nutrients. Cranberry juice or herbal diet supplements like Seasilver that use this juice as their key ingredient can also help patients suffering from kidney stones by balancing the levels of diet and fluid intake that appear to have an impact on the likelihood of developing kidney stones.
Usually it is found that problems related to kidney stones are more common in males whereas urinary tract infections are more prevalent in women. Did you know that more than 60% of women experience a urinary tract infection sometime during their lifetime? For many women, infection is a chronic problem. These infections are caused by the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract. Once inside, they thrive in the warm, moist environment. Ultimately, they begin to affect urine production and the function of the bladder, resulting in significant pain.
Any reduction in kidney efficiency can have a drastic and immediate impact on our health. Even a partial reduction in the kidney's ability to - filter the blood will-lead to the rapid buildup of deadly toxins in the bloodstream. In severe cases, patients may require a kidney dialysis machine to artificially filter blood. Although this equipment does prevent the deadly buildup of urea and ammonia in the bloodstream, it is not as effective as the two, small, magnificent filters called kidneys that filter our blood every minute of every day.
Flavonoids In Cranberry
When a cranberry is in its juvenile state, it is green and bitter, making it unpalatable to most animals. This is matter of survival. If the young berry were a good food source, it would be eaten too early in its development, before the seed was mature and able to reproduce a new cranberry plant. At this early stage, the cranberry is producing a certain class of molecules known as flavonoids, substances that have been investigated for their nutritional benefits and their antibacterial activity. Studies have shown that the particular flavonoids produced by the cranberry have a strong antibacterial effect.
But this is only part of the story. As the berry matures, it benefits the plant if a bird or other animal eats the cranberry so that its seeds will be spread to new areas where it will propagate and grow. To ensure that this happens, the plant transforms the flavonoid that contributes to the fruit's bitter taste. The plant removes part of the fiavonoid molecule and replaces it with a sugar molecule, This has the effect of sweetening the fruit, making it more palatable as a food - and helping to ensure that the, plant continues to produce offspring.
The Cranverry Cure
For humans, the addition of a sugar molecule to the flavonoid completes the story of cranberry's effectiveness as a nutrient within the urinary tract. In the human body, different cells have unique receptor sites. These sites can be thought of as a lock in a door requiring a unique key to open the lock. The sugar attached to the cranberry flavonoid seeks out an acceptable receptor site to attach itseff. In the case of the cranberry's particular sugar configuration, the appropriate receptor site - the cells with the right lock - happen to be those that line the walls of the urinary tract.
This explains cranberry's unique benefits. Within the cranberry is 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.
Research recommends making cranberry part of your diet if you are prone to recurrent urinary infections. Cranberry also helps deodorize urine. A report in the Journal of Psychiatric Nursing suggests incorporating cranberries into the diet of anyone troubled by urinary incontinence to reduce the embarrassing odor of this problem.
Cranverry Offers Very Good Benefits
Cranberry Juice concentrate provides a way to receive these benefits in convenient caplets. Unlike many other cranberry products that are made from dried and ground berries, it is seen that Canverry concentrated juice, minus the fiber, make it easier for your body to absorb the available nutrients.
Unlike cranberry beverages that usually contain large amounts of processed sugar, diet supplements like Seasilver add Cranberry concentrated juice to their supplement so that you receive the benefits of cranberry juice without the unnecessary, and nutritionally harmful, calories.
How to Take
For best absorption and assimilation, take CranVerry on an empty stomach. The recommended dosage is one to two caplets daily or as it meets your special health needs.
Do not take CranVerry and Barleygreen together. For example, if you usually take Barleygreen in the morning, then take CranVerry a couple of hours later or before lunch.
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