Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cranberries -- Healthy Defense

The advice to drink pure cranberry juice for urinary infections has been around for a long, long time. Of course, the pure stuff (very tart) is best. The February 2008 issue of ALTERNATIVE HEALTH arrived this week. A small article in this publication touted this same berry for not only E. coli, and Streptococcus mutans, but also as a defense against H. pylori bacteria.

Translated that all means that this little red berry may be very useful on the defense against urinary tract infections, tooth decay, ulers, stomach cancer, stroke and heart disease. That's pretty impressive!

One suggestion offered by ALTERNATIVE HEALTH is to drink 6 oz. daily. They recommend you choose the pure 100% cranberry juice* and mix it with other 100% fruit juices* or sparkling water; or use a natural sweetener lige agave or honey.

*Personally, I believe the benefits only increase when choosing organic. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Kroger Private Selection brand of organic cranberry juice I had been purchasing met all the requirements. It's quite tasty, too!

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