When we want to keep a urinary tract infection, bladder or kidney infection, or a yeast infection at bay, we often turn to the tried and true cranberry juice remedy to keep infections from occurring. We know cranberry juice works quite well a majority of the time, but how exactly does this miracle fruit actually keep painful and embarrassing infections at bay?
Cranberries contain Tannin, which aids in keeping infections at bay by keeping bacteria from clinging to the walls of the bladder. On a recent Dr. Oz episode, he showed how cranberry juice works to flush out bacteria in the body similarly to how a cooking oil spray keeps an egg from sticking to a pan. Cranberry juice works the same way- bacterias can’t cling to the walls of the bladder and get scooted out in the urine, keeping a person’s pH from becoming imbalanced and causing infections. Pretty cool.
Cranberry juice is also contains D-mannose, which is a sugar that is effective in clearing out bacteria such as e. coli from the body. D-mannose is useful in that it flushes out harmful bacteria without harming the good bacteria our bodies need daily to maintain proper health. This way, you are flushing out harmful bacteria (once again, just like the cooking spray keeps an egg from sticking to the pan) without damaging harmful bacteria in the body that is actually beneficial.
Cranberries in the truest forms are the most beneficial. If you drink cranberry juice with a lot of sugars or not as much juice, you can actually cause more harm than good, so it’s important to drink cranberry juice that has as much juice as possible (20% or more if drinking from concentrate) and as little sugars as possible, which can actually feed bacteria. It is best to use cranberry juice as a preventative measure, and drink ample amounts of water along with cranberry juice to allow the body to flush out as much harmful bacteria naturally as possible. Drinking water daily and urinating frequently is the best way to keep infections at bay.
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