Cranberry (lat. Vaccinium macrocarpon) becomes more and more popular plant and its healing power is quite remarkable. Cranberry is a natural antibiotic and it prevents bacterial adhesion to the mucous membranes of the body.
Cranberry as a medicinal herb is used long time ago, where people were making teas from it’s leaves and juices from its fruits. This fruit also can be stored, both frozen or dried and to be used for preparation of delicious jams and different dishes.
In its natural habitat, cranberries can usually be found in acidic sandbars in the colder parts of Europe and in the northern states of the US and Canada. This plants are actually dwarf shrubs or trailing vines, reaching up to 2 meters in length and 15 to 20 centimeters in height. They have weak, tough and not very thick stems with evergreen leaves.
They are not many herbs together with its fruit, like cranberries which is a natural antibiotic, to have confirmed its contribution to people’s health. Cranberries are rich in various protective substances that contain minerals, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Due to the presence of large amounts of vitamin C this fruit has a sour taste.
Fresh cranberry juice or frozen or dried is a natural antibiotics that may destroy harmful bacteria in our body. Bioflavonoids which can be found in cranberries have special antibacterial activity and as showed in tests, they can prevent the occurrence E. coli in urinary tract infection (which is very resistant to antibiotics) and also they can act to destroy H.Pylori bacteria which may cause gastric ulcers.
Fresh cranberry is available in the period from October to December. When you buy in stores, select those that look juicy and have shiny red color and of course have no creases or damage to the outer layer. Antioxidant pigments are most concentrated in fruits with dark red color. Don’t take wet or moldy fruits, because soon they will spoil the rest.
Fresh and dried fruits contain the most antioxidants while cranberry juices and cocktails with cranberry have a lower concentration of nutrients and large amounts of added sugar. Fresh cranberries can be stored in refrigerator for up to several days. If stored at room temperature, they can spoil very quickly.
Despite many beneficial health properties of cranberry, don’t play doctor on your own. If you think you have a urinary tract infection (burning or abdominal pain are the most common symptoms) consult with your doctor first. Every infection can lead to more serious complications.