Cranberries are among the fruits and vegetables richest in health-promoting antioxidants, which protect our cells from free-radical damage. Antioxidants and phytonutrients in cranberries, such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, anthocyanidin flavonoids (which give them their bright red color), cyanidin, peonidin, and quercetin, have unique health-impacting attributes. Some contain stroke- and cardiovascular disease-preventing compounds that discourage cholesterol from forming in the heart and blood vessels. Other important nutrients include vitamin C, manganese and fiber for maintaining a flushed system.
Cranberry is renowned for its effectiveness in preventing recurring urinary tract infections because it inhibits bacteria from attaching to the bladder and urethra. Older adults who eat cranberry products are about half as likely to have bacteria and white blood cells in their urine, which is a sign of urinary tract infections. A recent study suggests that cranberry products lower the risk of UTIs by 50%. In the cranberry treatment group, 19% of patients developed a UTI, compared with 38% of the placebo group.
Each Dr Nutrition Cranberry Chewable Tablet supplies 500 mg of naturally-sourced cranberry. This formula contains no artificial flavours, colours, dairy, gluten, lactose, peanuts, shellfish, sugar, wheat, yeast or preservatives.
Betsy Foxman et al. Cranberry juice capsules and urinary tract infection after surgery: results of a randomized trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015Volume 213, Issue 2, Pages 194.e1–194.e8