Cranberries may use secret communications to fight infection

A new Canadian study may have uncovered, for the first time ever, the healing secret of cranberries. They may actually have the ability to stop bacteria from “talking” to one another.

Researchers tested the effects of cranberry extract on fruit flies. Not surprisingly, they found that the flies that were fed cranberry extract had fewer bacterial infections and less severe infections. They lived longer, too.

Up to this point, researchers have posed lots of theories as to how cranberries are so effective at fighting bacteria. Does their acidity create a hostile environment for bacteria? Do they prevent bacteria from sticking to urinary tract walls?

But the theory that came out of THIS latest study was the cranberry extract compounds had found a way to weaken the infection so the immune system could overtake them.

And that meant blocking the pathogens’ chemical communication network – or, molecules that allow bacteria to signal each other to coordinate an attack on their host’s body.

That means cranberries can fight the bad bacteria naturally, while leaving the beneficial strains intact. This is far better than the “slash and burn” approach of antibiotics, which work by blasting away ALL the bacteria in your system – even the good ones.

It’s like using a blowtorch to light a candle!

As the antibiotics destroy the delicate balance of bacteria in your GI tract, weakening your immune system, they can cause the “bad” bacteria to become stronger as they adapt to build up a resistance to the medication.

That’s how superbugs happen.

Antibiotics should never be your first line of defense in fighting infection. In fact, they should be your last resort – especially when there are so many natural alternatives available to you, within arm’s reach.

Now, you might think that grabbing a glass of cranberry juice cocktail or a big scoop of cranberry sauce is a good idea, but there’s really too much sugar in both of those to do you any good.

You’re better off getting fresh cranberries, which you can fortunately find in the produce aisle this time of year. Try slicing them in half and adding them to your soups, stews, and roasts for some added tartness.

You can also make your own sauce by boiling fresh cranberries and adding orange peel, clove, and real maple syrup for sweetness.

The rest of the year, you can rely on cranberry extract in easy-to-swallow capsules.

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Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing


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