Cranberry is a type of evergreen shrub that grows in bogs or wetlands. Cranberry is native to northeastern and northcentral parts of the United States. The shrub has small, dark green leaves, pink flowers, and dark red fruit that are egg-shaped.
Cranberry is most commonly used for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Cranberry is also used for kidney stones, enlarged prostate, common cold, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, cranberry fruit is used in cranberry juice, cranberry juice cocktail, jelly, and sauce.
Cranberries, also known as cranberries and cranberries, are dark red berries produced by evergreen shrubs of the Rhododendron family. They are mainly grown in acid soils and peat wetlands in temperate climates. They are mainly produced in the northeastern United States and southern Canada.
The origin of the word cranberry is that its flower resembles the head of a sandhill crane, so it was originally named crane berry and then changed to the familiar cranberry
Why is cranberry popular?
Historically, cranberry was an important economic crop for local residents in the Americas. In addition to the use of it to prevent scurvy by sailing crews, the prevention of urinary tract infections is its most well-known effect
The main components of cranberry are: water (88%), organic acids (including salicylic acid), fructose, vitamin C (200 mg/kg), flavonoids, anthocyanins, catechins and triterpenoids. Nutrients are among the best in common fruits, so it is also called ruby fruit
Because cranberries are sour and astringent, they are difficult to eat raw, so they are usually sold on the market after processing. Commonly include juice, dried fruit, jam or capsule health products.
When to eat cranberries (how to eat)? How much does it help?
The current clinical research focuses on cranberry juice, concentrated fruit juice and dry extract (cranberry tablets or capsules). However, there is a lack of consistency in the dosage regimen and there is no standard dosage.
In research on urinary tract infections, the daily dose of 25% pure cranberry juice is between 120 and 1000 ml, and the concentrated cranberry extract in the form of tablets or capsules is used each day from 600 mg to 1200 mg or more.
The best time to use is after meals. In addition, please confirm with your doctor about your physical condition before use to ensure safety
What are the recommended benefits (benefits) of cranberry?
Prevent urinary tract infections
Approximately 150 million people worldwide suffer from urinary tract infections each year. Due to the structure of the urinary tract, the lifetime prevalence rate of women can reach 60%, and the incidence rate is 50 times that of men. Common pathogenic factors and pre-urinary tract infections Events, sexual activity, vaginal infections, diabetes, obesity, and genetic susceptibility are related.
In urinary tract infections, cystitis is the most common, mainly uncomplicated (uncomplicated
UTI), and complexity is usually related to structural or functional abnormalities (such as: urinary tract obstruction, neurological disease, immune deficiency, renal dysfunction, or catheterization)
＊Conclusion: For women who have a history of urinary tract infection but are in good health, using cranberry can prevent recurrence
Improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of premature death and disability. Globally, cardiovascular disease accounts for 31% of deaths, most of which are coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular accidents.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 75% of early cardiovascular diseases are preventable. Improving risk factors (including dyslipidemia, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and abdominal obesity) can help reduce the increasing number of individuals and healthcare providers. Increased burden of disease.
＊Conclusion: Cranberry may be positively helpful for improving cardiovascular disease-related risk factors, but it is limited by small sample size, interference factors, heterogeneity and other issues, and more high-quality studies are needed for further verification
Good for rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease. The incidence of women is higher than that of men. It is mainly seen in the elderly. The clinical manifestations are joint pain, swelling, and even limited range of motion.
If the condition is poorly controlled or worsens, extra-articular manifestations may occur, such as keratitis, pulmonary granuloma, pericarditis/pleurisy, small vasculitis, and other non-specific extra-articular symptoms.
＊Conclusion: For rheumatoid arthritis, the intake of cranberry juice may be positively helpful to the condition, but it is limited by the small number of samples, and more studies are needed to support it.
Good for type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic hyperglycemia and abnormal carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism caused by insulin secretion or full or partial insufficiency. There are two main forms: insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 diabetes, T1DM) and non-insulin-dependent diabetes Type 2 diabetes (type 2 diabetes, T2DM).
Type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial disease caused by environmental and genetic risk factors, including sedentary, diet, smoking, drinking, environmental endocrine disruptors, etc.
＊Conclusion: Drinking cranberry juice may have a positive effect on blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes, but due to the heterogeneity of the included studies, more large-scale studies are still needed to support it
Increase the eradication rate of Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter pylori (Campylobacterales order) is a spiral-shaped gram-negative bacillus that mainly colonizes the oral cavity and stomach of humans. According to surveys, more than half of the global population has been infected by this bacteria, and 5% to 10 % Developed chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, gastric cancer.
＊Conclusion: The combined use of cranberry capsules in addition to Helicobacter pylori three-in-one therapy can help enhance the effect of bacterial eradication
Improve radiation cystitis (complications caused by Radiation Cystitis/cancer treatment)
Radiation cystitis is the main side effect caused by radiotherapy to treat pelvic (colon, rectum, ovary, uterus and prostate) tumors, with a prevalence rate of nearly 60%
Acute symptoms usually appear within 2 to 3 weeks after treatment, and may include: urgency, frequency, dysuria, hematuria, urinary tract infection, etc.
Although the symptoms can be relieved by treatment, there is currently no effective way to prevent radiation cystitis
＊Conclusion: Oral administration of cranberry extract can help reduce radiation cystitis (caused by cancer treatment), but more large trials are still needed for further confirmation
Good for cold prevention
The common cold is a self-limiting disease caused by more than 200 viruses (the rhinovirus is the most common). It affects adults 2 to 4 times and children 4 to 8 times a year. It has a certain impact on the global economy, including absenteeism. Loss of productivity and loss of treatment costs
Because it is a disease caused by multiple viruses, the ultimate medical treatment of the common cold is still elusive, so the treatment is mainly aimed at relieving symptoms
＊Conclusion: Drinking cranberry juice has the effect of improving part of the immune function and can reduce the related cold symptoms, but it is limited by the small number of samples, and further verification is required
Are there any side effects of cranberry?
Cranberry is a widely eaten berry. It is often used in food supplements and beverages. It has high safety. However, excessive consumption (whether it is raw juice or lozenges) may irritate the stomach and cause gastrointestinal discomfort And diarrhea
Safety precautions (6 points of use taboo):
- Cranberry is rich in oxalic acid. If consumed in large amounts, it may increase the risk of kidney stones. Therefore, people who have suffered from kidney stones or are prone to disease should not consume large amounts (but for most people, moderate consumption will not increase significantly. Risk of kidney stones). Note 8
- Do not consume with anticoagulant drugs (such as Warfarin) (because cranberry ingredients may interfere with the action of the drug, increasing the risk of bruising and bleeding)
- People who have been allergic to the drug Aspirin should not use it (because cranberry contains salicylic acid, which is similar in structure to aspirin)
- If you eat cranberry juice, please pay attention to the sugar content (for diabetes patients, it may affect blood sugar)
- Do not use by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers (because the relevant safety is unknown)
- Do not use in combination with drugs that require the action of Cytochrome P450 enzymes (Cytochrome P450), which may affect the efficacy of the drug. Related drugs are listed below:
amitriptyline (amitriptyline) diazepam (valium) zileuton (zileuton) celecoxib (celecoxib) diclofenac (voltarin) fluvastatin (fluvastatin) glipizide (glipizide) ibuprofen (ibuprofen) irbesartan (irbesartan) ) Losartan, phenytoin, piroxicam, tamoxifen, tolbutamide, tolbutamide, torsemide