Mum was definitely onto something with cranberries… and I’m not talking about the sugary juices you get on the supermarket shelf… But cranberry extract, on the other hand, will clear up not only a urinary tract infection (UTI), but also bladder infections and kidney stones.
Cranberries are also packed with the antioxidant resveratrol – which, as I’ve shared with you before, can help with everything from arthritis pain to clogged arteries.
And now, a new study published in Food & Function suggests that cranberries may also be the key to fighting new “superbugs.”
And it involves a certain process you may have never thought of before.
You see, in order for bacteria to cause an infection and wreak havoc on your body, it has to be able to latch onto cells within your body… like the lining of your urinary tract to cause a UTI.
If it can’t stick, it can’t infect you.
So it turns out that the key to cranberry’s infection-fighting power is that it contains compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the surfaces in YOUR BODY!
Specifically, it’s the flavonols in cranberries that prevent bacteria like E. coli (which cause lots of infections, including in the urinary tract) from bonding to cells.
What’s more? These flavonols worked entirely on their own, not needing any other cranberry compound to be present.
This makes sense, since flavonols are present in plants like the cranberry shrub to protect them under stressful situations.
With a surge in drug-resistant bacterial strains each year, this discovery could help researchers find new antibacterial treatments that can actually wipe out superbugs (NOT antibiotics, which only contribute to the problem).
You can find pure cranberry juice at your local health food store, but it’s such a tart fruit that it actually doesn’t taste very good without all the added sugar you find in juices.
So, apart from eating fresh cranberries (which are easily found this time of year) your second best bet is getting cranberry extract in supplement form. They’re widely available all year long, in easy-to-swallow capsules.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Juicy news about cranberries, eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/wpi-jna071916.php