This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078
Cranberries can be more than a side to your Christmas dinner. These delicious little berries may provide many health benefits. Cranberry supplements offer an easy way to enjoy these benefits. In our article below, we’ll look at the benefits of Cranberry supplements.
Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberries contain compounds called proanthocyanidins. These compounds prevent E. coli bacteria from attaching to the lining of your urethra and bladder. If the bacteria cant stick to these tissues, they can’t multiply and cause an infection.
Several studies have found that taking cranberry supplements that contain at least 36 mg of proanthocyanidins every day for 2 months can significantly reduce the frequency of UTIs, especially in women.
Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage. Free radical damage has been linked to many chronic illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes.
Cranberries contain more antioxidants than other common fruits and berries, and because cranberry supplements are made from dried, powdered cranberries, this concentration is even higher.
Some of the compounds in cranberries have even been found to be more effective than vitamin E at fighting free radicals.
Improved Heart Health
Regularly drinking cranberry juice may lower your risk of heart disease by increasing good HDL cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and preventing cholesterol oxidation.
Healthier Teeth and Gums
The same proanthocyanidins that can help to prevent urinary tract infections can also prevent bacteria from over growing in your mouth. This can help to reduce cavities and gum disease.
Side Effects and Safety Warnings
Cranberry supplements are generally well tolerated, but some people report stomach pain or going to the toilet more after taking.
Cranberries are high in salicylic acid so anyone who is allergic or sensitive to salicylates, including aspirin, should avoid cranberry supplements.
People taking the blood-thinning drug Warfarin or with a history of kidney stones should consult their doctor before taking cranberry supplements.