Dr Amy Howell Joins Dr Oz today in this segment of the show, Dr Oz Cranberries 3 Ways Cranberries Can Fight Disease. They’re good for your heart, teeth, digestive system and overall health. Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and packed with nutrients, new science proves that cranberries are one of the smartest foods you can eat.
Drinking cranberry juice can block urinary infections by binding to bacteria so they can’t adhere to cell walls. While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.
The National Institutes of Health is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.
According to Amy Howell, a researcher at Rutgers University, cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protects cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. A compound Howell discovered in cranberries, proanthocyanidine, prevents plaque formation on teeth; mouthwashes containing it are being developed to prevent periodontal disease.
In some people, regular cranberry juice consumption for months can kill the H. pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.
Cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Now, recent studies suggest that this native American berry may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer.
Recent studies show that compounds in cranberry juice have the capacity to actually change E. coli bacteria-even strains that have become resistant to conventional treatment-in ways that render them unable to initiate an infection. E. coli, a class of microorganisms responsible for a wide variety of human illnesses ranging from urinary tract and kidney infections to gastroenteritis to tooth decay, are changed in several ways by a group of tannins (called proanthocyanidins) found primarily in cranberries. Each one of these changes can prevent the bacteria from adhering to cells in the body, a necessary first step in any infection.
Preliminary Research Done On Cranberry Benefits
Drinking cranberry juice daily may increase levels of HDL, or good cholesterol and reduce levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.
Cranberries may prevent tumors from growing rapidly or starting in the first place.
Extracts of chemicals in cranberries prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying in a test tube; whether that would work in women is unknown.
Antioxidant Properties Of The Cranberry
Dr Oz 3 reasons cranberries are so powerful and good for you:
1. Heart – The antioxidant properties can protect the heart, cranberries contain flavonoids. The antioxidants in 1 glass of cranberry juice is the same as two cups of green tea, and the same as 3 glasses of apple juice. 1 serving of dried cranberries are about the same as 3 servings of raisins.
2. Healthy Cholesterol – Drink 2 glasses of cranberry juice a day to pass the cholesterol through the blood and pass through the liver.
3. Stomach – Bacteria fighting properties of cranberries prevent stomach ulcers – It coats the lining of the stomach.