Cranberry Concentrate Provides All the Benefits Without the Sugar

vt-6.jpgCan cranberries put an end to peptic ulcers, stomach cancer, acid reflux disease, gastritis, periodontal disease, chest pain, blood clots, and heart attacks?

There are many fruits and vegetables we could eat much more of than we do and still never eat enough to fulfill even the most basic RDA requirements for the nutrients they contain. In fact, some experts say we’d have to eat 20 pounds of fruit and vegetables every day to get what we need. Consuming mass quantities of fruit also has other another major drawback — the sugar content would wreak havoc with our blood sugar. Fortunately, there are now several products available that provide all the benefits of fruit or vegetables without the drawbacks, and cranberry concentrate is one of them.

What does the cranberry have to offer? While not quite a superfood, cranberries contain more antioxidant phenols than nineteen commonly eaten fruits. The high phytonutrient and antioxidant content is beneficial for the entire body, and prevents bacterial buildup. Just in case you think your urinary tract is the only thing that can benefit from this, here’s a peek at some other conditions cranberry concentrate may treat and prevent.

  • Peptic ulcers: Until recently, peptic ulcers were thought to be the result of stress or stomach acid, or both. However, recent research has now linked ulcers to bacteria called H. pylori. Cranberries contain a substance that inhibits H. pylori from binding to the stomach lining. In addition to being linked to peptic ulcers, H. pylori may also be behind stomach cancer, acid reflux disease, and gastritis. In the U.S. and other Western countries, it’s been estimated that 25 million people will suffers from peptic ulcers at some time in their life and, currently, about 60% of people over sixty are already affected. About one million of those people are hospitalized every year because of problems caused by their ulcers. Doctors generally advise those with peptic ulcers to avoid sugar, so cranberry concentrate really comes in handy.
  • Periodontal disease: As with peptic ulcers and other gastrointestinal disturbances, periodontal disease is also caused by bacteria. Studies have shown that a specific substance in cranberries inhibits the build up of those bacteria as well. The same substance is also in blueberries, mangos, peaches, plums and raspberries, but, for some reason no one has yet identified, none of the other fruits create the same effect as cranberries. It’s especially important to use cranberry concentrate, rather than eating the fruit or drinking cranberry juice — we all know what sugar can do to teeth.
  • Cholesterol levels: Just in case you don’t remember, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good stuff. As flavonoids and polyphenols are suspected to reduce LDL, and as cranberries are very high in both, research is also being done to determine the effect of cranberries on LDL levels. If cranberries can prevent LDL buildup, we may well see some big changes in the incidence of chest pain, blood clots, and heart attacks in the near future as more people discover the benefit of this great nutrient.

Imagine a world without ulcers, stomach cancer, acid reflux disease, gastritis, periodontal disease, chest pain, blood clots, and heart attacks. Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Cranberry concentrate can’t do it all by itself, but it can sure help. Give it a try!

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