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Is a form of
- Cranberry Standardised extract equivalent to Herb 5000mg
- Dicalcium Phosphate,
- Microcrystalline Cellulose,
- Stearic Acid,
- Silicon Dioxide
Take one tablet daily with food
If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical supervision, please consult your GP or medical professional before taking supplements. Do not exceed recommended dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Store is a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18
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What are Cranberries?
Cranberries are fruits produced by a plant that is mainly found in North America. They are actually red berries and are usually used in herbal products and foods. In the past, cranberry leaves and fruits were used as a treatment for several conditions, including diarrhea, wounds, diabetes, urinary disorders, liver problems and stomach ailments. As time went by, cranberries began to be used as a traditional remedy for the prevention of dental plaque or for infections with Helicobacter Pylori that can cause stomach ulcer. Besides, recent studies have shown that cranberry has antioxidant properties and can also be used to prevent cancer.
The berries are utilized in the production of food products and beverages, but they can also be purchased as supplements under the form of capsules, tablets or extracts.
How does it work?
Cranberries are known for containing several chemicals that don’t allow any bacteria to grow within the urinary tract.
Used To Treat
Cranberry is usually used for preventing and treating urinary infections, also known as UTIs. Even though cranberry juice can prevent UTIs, the current data doesn’t show whether it is an effective treatment for existing UTIs.
Besides, cranberry can be used to treat a bladder disease called neurogenic bladder, while people suffering of urinary incontinence use it to deodorize their urine. People also take cranberry supplements in an attempt to kill germs, increase urine flow, reduce fever and speed the process of skin healing.
Cranberries can also be used by people who suffer from cancer, type 2 diabetes, scurvy, chronic fatigue syndrome, or pleurisy (inflammation of the pleura).
UTIs (urinary tract infections) prevention: According to recent studies, cranberry juice cocktails are effective when it comes to the prevention of repeated UTIs, especially in pregnant women and older women. Besides, cranberry juice is also recommended to hospitalized patients because of its ability to prevent potential UTIs.
Additional clinic research has also shown that capsules containing cranberry can play a major role in preventing urinary tract infections.
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How to take/dosage
- Taken for UTIs (urinary tract infections) prevention: Even though people can drink up to 10 oz. cranberry juice daily, the ideal dose hasn’t been established yet.
- Taken for UTIs prevention in children: 30% concentrate can be used, the ideal dose being 15 ml/kg.
- Taken by incontinent patients in order to deodorize urine: Between 3 and 6 oz. of cranberry juice can be consumed every day.
- Taken by people suffering from type 2 diabetes: In this case, the recommended dose is six capsules per day, administered for a period of 12 weeks. Six capsules are the equivalent of around 250 mL cranberry juice. As far as encapsulated formulations are concerned, the dosage is 300-400 mg two times per day.
Note that 1 liter of cranberry juice is produced from around 1.5 kg of fresh fruit. Cranberry juice cocktail contains up to 33% cranberry juice, which is sweetened either with artificial sweetener or fructose.
Possible side effects
- Cranberry juice can be consumed without any side effects, even though excessive quantities can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal upset.
- People who suspect that they might be dealing with a UTI (urinary tract infection) are advised to talk to their GP in order to receive the right diagnosis and treatment. Products that contain cranberry shouldn’t be seen as a treatment for infections.
- Recent data shows that people who take blood thinners like warfarin, aspirin, or medications that are decomposed by the livershould be very careful when using cranberry.
- Inform your GPs about all the complementary health practices that you may use, and provide them with the full picture related to your health and to the strategies used in order to manage it. This way you will succeed in staying protected and coordinated.
Cranberry can have moderate interactions with the following drugs:
- Warfarin, also known as Coumadin usually interacts with cranberry. This drug is taken by people who want to slow down the process of blood clotting, and cranberry can increase the time that warfarin remains in the body, thus increasing the risk of bleeding or bruising.
Make sure that your blood is checked regularly, and consider changing your Coumadin (warfarin) dose.
Cranberry can have minor interactions with the following substances:
- Medications whose changes take place in the liver, such as Cytochrome P450 2C9 can interact with cranberry.
Several medications available on the market are broken down or changed by the liver.
Cranberry can have some unpleasant effects when combined with these medications, as it can decrease the liver’s ability to break them down. If you take both these medications and cranberry, you will be prone to increased side effects. This is why you are advised to talk to your GP before taking cranberry, especially if the medications you take are part of this category.
The most common medications whose changes take place in the liver are: amitriptyline (Elavil), zileuton (Zyflo), diazepam (Valium), diclofenac (Voltaren), celecoxib (Celebrex), glipizide (Glucotrol), fluvasatatin (Lescol), irbesartan (Avapro), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), phenytoin (Dilantin), losartan (Cozaar), tolbutamide (Tolinase), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), piroxicam (Feldene), warfarin (Coumadin), torsemide (Demadex), etc.
Even though cranberry is considered to be safe for everybody, overdrinking cranberry juice can cause unpleasant effects such as diarrhea and mild stomach. Besides, long-term consume of cranberry juice in quantities larger than 1 Liter every day is not recommended, since it can cause kidney stones.
Extra sugar is added to several cranberry juice products, in order to sweeten them. In case you are suffering from diabetes, you are advised to look for cranberry products sweetened only with artificial sweeteners.
Just like other types of fruits, cranberries are rich in salicylic acid, which is closely related to aspirin. As a result, people who are allergic to aspiring are advised not to drink too much cranberry juice.
Things to note
Cranberry juice and cranberries can be consumed even by breast-feeding or pregnant women. However, dietary supplements based on cranberries shouldn’t be used, as their effects during breast feeding and pregnancy have not been established.
Scientific support and reference citations
- Some evidence seems to point out that cranberry is effective when used to prevent UTIs (urinary tract infections). However, specialists do not recognize this evidence as definitive, as the efficiency of cranberry as a treatment for UTIs hasn’t been proved yet.
- Recent studies show that many of the components existing in cranberries can prevent bacteria from causing infections in the urinary tract. The most common bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are also known as H. pylori, which also like living in the stomach, causing ulcers. Cranberry has proved out to be effective when it comes to preventing this type of infections.
- Research revealed by several laboratory studies shows that cranberries are also provided with antioxidant properties, having even the ability to decrease dental plaque.
- NCCAM is currently conducting studies on these fruits, in order to understand their effect on UTIs. Cranberry research is supported by several agencies that fund laboratory studies related to anti-aging effects periodically.
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