Name: Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus quadripetalus
Used: Juice from the berries
Cranberry prevents E. coli, the most common cause of
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and recurrent
UTIs, from adhering to the cells lining the wall of the bladder. This
anti-adherence action renders the bacteria harmless in the urinary tract. The constituents in cranberry
responsible for this anti-adherence activity have yet to be identified.
Cranberry has been used to prevent kidney stones and "bladder gravel" as well as to remove toxins from the blood. Cranberry has long been
recommended for persons with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Useful for the treatment of:
Urinary tract infection
People often take one capsule or tablet of a concentrated cranberry juice extract two to four times per day. Several glasses (16 ounces total) of a high-quality cranberry juice (not the cocktail) each day can approximate the effect of the cranberry concentrate.
There are no known side effects with cranberry concentrate, and it is safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. Cranberry should not be used as a substitute for antibiotics during an acute urinary tract infection.