Drinking cranberry juice is a traditional method used to prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberries contain antibacterial compounds that act against the coli form bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. The primary mechanism of action may be the decrease in the adhesion of bacteria (most notably E. Coli) to urinary tract cells. However, the disadvantages to this include the ingestion of unwanted calories, artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, sodium and refined sugar. The Alive Vitamins Pure Cranberry Extract formula is a high concentration made from high quality, 100% whole cranberry fruit. This formula is made with no added sugar, water, flavour, colour, or preservatives.
The high proanthocyanidin content helps prevent pathogenic bacteria from attaching to urinary tract walls, which can cause infection. Cranberry’s antibacterial activity also inhibits ulcer- and cavity-causing bacteria to reduce the frequency of peptic ulcers and cavities. Another important note about using Cranberry Extract verses anti-biotics is that the extract removes the bacteria rather than killing it. This is important as it is harmful to have to kill off good both good and bad bacteria. Also, it reduces the chance of bacteria becoming resistant as they do to some anti-biotics. Sometimes anti-biotics are absolutely necessary, but often times a high quality extract such as the Alive Vitamins Pure Cranberry Extract formula is enough.
Cranberry Extract also has a high Vitamin C Content. Native to North America, this plant has been used for centuries in both cooking and healing. Cranberry has been shortened from craneberry, derived from the flowers of this shrub, thought to resemble the heads of cranes often found in the bogs where it grows. In early North American medicine, cranberry was used as a cure for scurvy and poultices made from it were applied to wounds and tumors.
Therefore, taking Cranberry is excellent for preventing and treating UTI’s, as well as ulcers and cavities, but there are many more benefits to taking Cranberry, especially when Cranberry Extract is at a therapeutic dose of 18:1, it is effective at fighting the free radicals that accelerate disease and aging. It also has been shown to help fight against the hardening of arteries as well as lower the bad cholesterol known as (LDL).