by Suhail Ajmal
Being a diehard cranberry fan, I am always interested to know more and more about it and its benefits. Today, I will share my primitive research about the benefits of Cranberry supplement. Before you start taking this supplement, it will be wise to consult with your doctor. The supplement can give birth to undesired effects at times.
Benefits of Cranberry Supplement
The supplement is primarily made up of tart berry and usually comes in powder, extract or tablet form. It contains high amounts of anti-oxidants, which are being used for centuries to cure a number of ailments.
Prevention from Urinary Infection
A research conducted by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has shown that cranberry supplement is very effective in combating urinary infection. Major cause of urinary infection is multiplication of bacteria in urinary tract that in turn causes inflammation of bladder, a condition known as cystitis. Here comes the role of cranberry. It boosts urine acidity and prevents bacteria gluing on the walls of the uterus.
Suppresses Gastric Ulcer
Cranberry supplement also plays an important role in suppressing infection caused by bacteria ‘Helicobacter’ that leads to the formation of stomach ulcer. The same fact was confirmed by a journal by the name of the bacteria ‘Helicobacter’. It was highlighted in the journal that people who consume cranberry daily or on regular basis are less prone to stomach ulcer. To stimulate a healthy gastro-intestinal environment, some experts also suggest Probiotic America.
Another potent advantage of cranberry supplement is prevention of plague amassing around your teeth. It decreases bacteria’s ability from adhering to one’s teeth, and in turn, the chances of formation of cavities as well as tooth decay lower. Although cranberries are for sure no replacement of a tooth paste, yet researches are considering their positive impact on teeth.
An Excellent Detoxifier
Cranberry has been termed as an excellent flat flusher and detoxifier by Ann Louise, renowned Idaho nutritionist and author of the book, “The Fast Track Detox Diet”. According to Louise, cranberry possesses certain nutrients that are beneficial for liver, and in turn, liver filters toxins from the body. Consuming cranberry also helps liver in fat metabolism.
Improves Skin Condition
It is also known for improving skin condition and healing acne, pimples, dry patches, dermatitis, aczema and psoriasis. Furthermore, its intake strengthens immune system, hence, your body becomes strong enough to combat any disease; be it skin related, or any other.
Potential Side Effects
Although you can easily get lured by any of these benefits, yet there is a potential side effect to non-prescribed intake of the supplement. Though people suffering from an ulcer or any other ailment might be interested in the cranberry supplement, be sure to check with your doctor first. If it interacts with any other medicine, or you need more urgent care, it might be hazardous to your health.
Cranberry, be it fresh, in the form of juice or supplement, are beneficial for health. Its daily intake in advisable proportions has innumerable advantages for mind and body, but should not be taken in excess and must be taken under physician’s advice.
Suhail Ajmal is a health journalist who writes for multiple health blogs regularly.