20% of all women frequently suffer from urinary tract infections. But nobody likes to talk about the painful burning sensation when urinating. That is why people with chronic urinary tract infections are particularly excited that nature provides us with an effective alternative to antibiotics with cranberries. Cranberries are high in tannins and are used to prevent and treat kidney and urinary tract infections.
Cranberries belong to the heather family and are therefore a type of blueberry. The blooming period of the cranberries is from May to June.
The fruits have a positive effect on a person's urinary tract system and are therefore mainly used to protect and combat urinary tract infections. The high vitamin content also strengthens the immune system.
The tannins are one of the ingredients in cranberries. They have the ability to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract.
The most common reason for a urinary tract infection is E. coli bacteria. These bacteria find the best conditions to multiply in the urinary area. To do this, however, they have to insert themselves into the mucous membranes.
Tannins ensure that the mucous membranes are protected from bacterial attacks. The bacteria are then flushed out of the body through the urine and can't cause inflammation.
E. coli bacteria are immune to most antibiotics. This is why the active ingredients of the cranberries are also used in addition to antibiotic therapy. This is how doctors make sure that the bacteria can't find a breeding ground in the urinary tract.
In addition to the tannins, the high vitamin B2 content of the cranberries is beneficial for the body. It supports the metabolism in converting carbohydrates and fats into energy, which increases performance. Vitamin B2 also inhibits inflammation of the mucous membranes.
In medicine, cranberries are mainly used by women in particular to prevent and treat kidney and urinary tract infections.
To ensure that the cranberry can provide its full effect, it should be consumed on a regular basis. This can be in the form of capsules or juice. Lozenges with cranberry extract help relieve inflammation in the mouth. A tablet, capsule, or glass of juice every three to four hours provides the body with tannins and vitamins from the red fruit.
Cranberries have a sour taste and are therefore usually not eaten on their own. In order to still be able to use the effect of the fruit, cranberries are processed into various foods.
Fruit juices made from cranberries are usually combined with other types of juice. As a jam, cranberries are mainly used as an accompaniment to hearty dishes. Cranberries are also effective as a tea. Since not everyone likes the taste of cranberries, there are dietary supplements in which the medicinal plant is processed.
The positive influence of cranberries on the human body has been known for centuries. Since foods with cranberries are often fortified with sugar, dietary supplements are an alternative. Experts see an advantage of the high concentration of ingredients from the fruit here. When used regularly, cranberries can strengthen the immune system.
Side effects from taking cranberries are not known. Since this is a medicinal plant on a natural basis, they are particularly well tolerated. There are also no interactions when combined with other dietary supplements or medication. If a lot of cranberries are eaten raw, the high acid content can irritate the stomach though.
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