Cranberry - Very Useful Herb for Urinary Infections and Many Other Health Problems
Vaccinium macrocarpon Ericaceae.
Native to peat bogs and forests in North America) the cranberry is a slow-growing shrub. Now widely cultivated, the dark green leaves are topped by pinkish white flowers towards the end if May. The fruit used in folk remedies since the 16th century or earlier - is a small ,~reenish berry, that turns dark red as it ripens.
Cranberry berries contain glucose and fructose, many essential minerals and several organic acids, including vitamin C. They are also rich in antioxidant anthocyanins and proanthocyanins.
Cranberry is recommended to complement the use of antibiotics in the treatment of repeated urinary infections. Scientific tests have demonstrated that it is the proanthocyanins, along with the fructose, in cranberry juice that prevent bacteria such as E. coli from colonising the cells of the bladder and urinary tract. It has been noted that cranberry reduces the odour of urine - an asset for elderly people who suffer from incontinence.Cranberry juice is also used to prevent the bacterial build-up on teeth, which leads to plaque and tooth decay.
Its vitamin C, along with various antioxidant minerals found in the berries can help to ward off colds and flu.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT recurrent urinary infections
DRY EXTRACT (400mg capsules or tablets) Take 1 capsule twice a day with plenty of water. FRESH UNDILUTED JUICE Drink 500ml twice a day. This treatment must be prolonged. TO PREVENT plaque and tooth decay JUICE Make up a solution of 3 parts cranberry juice to 7 parts water. Drink 0.5-1 litre a day.
Cranberries can be grown from cuttings or seeds, and are best suited to damp, acidic soil. Although the plant can become dormant to survive extreme cold, frosts will kill off any buds. Warmth and sunny conditions are needed to ripen the fruit fully.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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