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The Skinny On: Cranberry, More Than Just Sauce

When I think of cranberries, four things come to mind:

  1. A refreshing Thanksgiving side dish
  2. The song Linger ("Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it linger?")
  3. Yummy Cosmopolitans
  4. Horrible bladder infections

Maybe you just like the taste of cranberry sauce but cranberries are more than just a pretty fruit. For starters, they are very high in antioxidants and vitamin c.

What's more? MSNBC reports that drinking cranberry juice can block bladder infections, can prevent a plaque formation on teeth (mouthwashes with the compound are already in development) and in some people, regular cranberry juice consumption can kill the bacteria which can cause stomach cancer and ulcers.

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.

Fit's Tip: Good, fresh cranberries are only available for a brief time, from late September to December, but you can get cranberry juice and supplements year round.

Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Regular Ocean Spray has close to 30+ grams of sugar in it (derived from high fructose corn syrup). The no sugar added is a better option for those who require the sweetness. I mix the no sugar added CranGrap w/ 100% (Knock Your Socks off Tart) Knudsens or Walnut Acres. The previous poster is correct in that Ocean Spray has come out w/ a 100% natural cranberry juice. It comes in a 32 oz. bottle. Cranberry juice (the 100% variety) is also purported to assist w/ reduction of cellulite. Ann Louise Gittleman swears by it. ***Does anyone happen to have the link for the cranberry oil supplement article from a few days ago? There was an article here posted about cranberry oil and a company selling the supplements. And, before the "google it" gurus chime in, I've done a cursory search on here and cannot come up w/ the article and requisite link. I would be most appreciative....
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
Oh yeah, I get the cranberry juices from health food stores that don't have sugar & are sometimes organic. I can't remember brands right's been awhile since I bought any, but this post sure has inspired me to go get some!
katie225 katie225 10 years
i can't take antibiotics because i'm on the pill, so i too take cranberry pills when i feel a bladder infection come on. works wonders! i'm not a doctor or anything, but i would recommend that if you take the cranberry pills and the pain doesn't go away, see a doctor asap! bladder infections happen more often for women who are sexually active since there are a lot of germs in mouths and on hands (wink wink). one way i've heard to reduce this chance is to urinate after intercourse. again, i'm not a doctor, but this is just what i've heard.
yogachick yogachick 10 years
Cranberry juice is fantastic for so many things. Most "cranberry juice cocktail" ie Ocean Spray - is soooo full of sugar (not to knock sugar;) that it is reminiscent of coolaid. If you want a super boost try to find a cranberry juice cocktail that is 100% juice.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
oceanspray actually just put out a sugar free cranberry jucie!! soo good!
juliet juliet 10 years
I 2nd the cranberry pill supplement! Also, the juice is great, but remember how much sugar is in one serving! I like to pour half a cup of OceanSpray Cranberry Juice w/ one cup water -- tasty tasty, and not all the sugar! ; )
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Yep the pills are great! I love to drink craberry juice and I will actually eat the jellied cranberry sauce by itself from the can I lvoe it!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
Audrey, I too get frequesnt bladder infecetions and i take daily cranberry pills(azo) and it has been almost a year since i have had one! Just a suggestion!
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i get frequent bladder infections and when i feel one coming on i load myself down with cranberry juice and i usually can nip it in the bed without having to go to the doctor and get on antibiotics.
Cranberry Cranberry 10 years
Yay!!! Cranberries!
daltan daltan 10 years
And, I always think about the OceanSpray Cranberry juice commercial!
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