Cranberries - Nature's Antibiotic
Cranberries are a fruit that is high in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese as well as many other micronutrients and phytonutrients. They have many health benefits including protection from bladder and urinary tract infections, helping to combat herpes virus and other potent anti-viral properties.
Cranberries also contain a significant amount of a compound called proanthocyanidins, which is a group of tannins that are found primarily in this fruit. These compounds have the capacity to make certain strains of bacteria unable to initiate an infection. This is particularly true in the case of strains that have become resistant to common antibiotics. Add to this the fact that cranberry juice has proven to have rapid anti-viral action and can actually stop certain virus from binding to cells.
Cranberries also contain quinic acid, which has been proven to reduce ionized calcium in urine, which is a cause of kidney stones. Other studies have shown that cranberries lower the “bad” cholesterol and increases the “good” cholesterol, which can protect against heart disease.
And last – but not least – it is an excellent fat flusher. A daily drink of cranberry juice will help your lymph and body cleanse to keep waste moving out.
To get your daily dose of cranberries, try an unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate. Add an ounce or two to a glass of water, add some stevia or honey and enjoy!