Cranberry
    
Vaccinium Macrocarpon 

The Wampanoag Indians of the Plymouth Rock area called them ibimi or bitter fruit at the time Pilgrims arrived.   The Pilgrims renamed them crane berries because the long vines and pink blossoms resembled cranes.   One of three fruits native to America (concord grapes and blueberries are the others) fifty percent of the national crop is still grown in the Plymouth area.   For years, the early colonists harvested the fruit from wild-growing vines.  Then Henry Hall from Cape Cod discovered that the berries grew especially large and juicy in the acid-peat soil found near sand dunes at the beach. 

There are only two fruits that are acidic, cranberries and prunes, all other fruit are alkaline.   Because cranberry juice is sour tasting and acidic, it is best to mix small amounts of it with apple or other fresh fruit juices.           

Cranberries are rich in vitamins A and C, B complex and folic acid.   They also contain the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur.  Fresh cranberry juice is also loaded with live enzymes. 

Use caution when you buy cranberry juice commercially, it has been processed so all the enzymes have been destroyed and the vitamins and minerals have been altered to a point where they are difficult for your body to use.   They also add corn syrup and refined sugar you might as well drink battery acid for all the good it will do you.    This is the same stuff that hospitals serve to their patients, what could they be thinking.

Cranberry juice has the ability to open blood vessels in your bronchial tubes there buy making it easier for you to breath.   This is because cranberry juice has substances called vasodilators that open blood vessels.  For this reason , cranberry juice can help provide temporary relief of lung congestion.

Cranberries acidify the urine and prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder cells.   They are also very good for the kidneys, bladder, and skin.   Those who suffer incontinence often develop the characteristic ammonia odor as E. coli bacteria proliferate in excreted urine.   Acid urine acts to inhibit E. coli growth and thus the resulting odor.

The first relatively large placebo-controlled studies12, 13 assessing efficacy were conducted in elderly women living in long-term care facilities. The findings of these studies12, 13 showed that cranberry significantly reduced the frequency of bacteriuria and pyuria, but these were not intention-to-treat analyses.

Conditions relieved:
Asthma, Bladder disorders, Diarrhea, Fever, Fluid Retention, Indigestion, Kidney Disorders, Lung Disorders, Skin Disorders, Urinary Tract Infection, Weight Loss

Sources:

Cranberry for Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections, www.aafp.org/afp
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Steve Meyerowitz, Dist. Book Pub. Co. 2002
Avorn J, Monane M, Gurwitz JH, Glynn RJ, Choodnovskiy I, Lipsitz LA. Reduction of bacteriuria and pyuria after ingestion of cranberry juice. JAMA 1994;271:751-4
Haverkorn MJ, Mandigers J. Reduction of bacteriuria and pyuria using cranberry juice. JAMA 1994;272:590.

 
Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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