What is Cranberry?
According to wikipedia Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the subgenus Oxycoccus of the genus Vaccinium. In some methods of classification, Oxycoccus is regarded as a genus in its own right. They can be found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere.
Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs or vines up to 2 metres (7 ft) long and 5 to 20 centimetres (2 to 8 in) in height; they have slender, wiry stems that are not thickly woody and have small evergreen leaves. The flowers are dark pink, with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward. They are pollinated by bees. The fruit is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant; it is initially white, but turns a deep red when fully ripe. It is edible, with an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness.
Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states and Canadian provinces (see cultivation and uses below). Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries, with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Cranberry sauce is regarded as an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus and some European winter festivals.
Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, raw cranberries have been marketed as a «superfruit» due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.
Chemical constituents of Cranberry Extract
The phytonutrients found in cranberries areanthocyanins, flavanoids, phenolic acid, proanthocyanidins and triterpenoids.
Benefits of taking Cranberry Extract supplements:
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
In the early 1920s, American scientists discovered that people who eat large amounts of cranberries have more acid in their urine than those who do not eat high amounts of the berry. Because bacteria cannot survive in an acidic environment, the researchers speculated that a diet rich in cranberries may help prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli. In time, the popularity of cranberry for UTIs soared and many women reported satisfactory results from drinking cranberry juice.
Numerous studies, have shown that increased cranberry consumption significantly lowers instances of urinary tract infections in women. Cranberry contains hippuric acid, which, along with other compounds, can reduce the adverse effects of E. coli bacteria in the urinary tract.
Like some Flavonoid material the following effect:
>Reduce blood pressure
>Reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol levels
>Reduce the chance of a heart attack
>Reduce recovery time following a heart attack
>Reduce weight gain
>Reduce eye inflammation
>Reduce muscle recovery time after workouts
>Regulate Blood sugar
>Reduce the chance of developing cancer
Side effects and safety of Cranberry Extract
Cranberry is LIKELY SAFE for most people. Cranberry juice and cranberry extracts have been used safely in research. Cranberry juice is LIKELY SAFE for children. But drinking too much cranberry juice can cause some side effects such as mild stomach upset and diarrhea.
Dosage of Cranberry Extract supplement:
Many artichoke supplements recommend a dosage of around 300 mg to 500 mg a day.
Consult your physician if you have any questions about the proper use of Cranberry Extract supplements.