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Cranberries for UTIs
We all know vitamin C is good for us. It is an important antioxidant and helps boost the immune system. But for some reason, most of us limit our conscious intake of vitamin C to either supplements or brightly colored fruits like oranges and grapefruits. And yet there are so many other "colorful" places to find a good shot of C, and when eaten whole or drink as juice, it can provide you and your diet with a real pick-me-up.
Cranberry juice is widely used and effective in treating cystitis, or urinary tract infection. That is because cranberries contain a compound that basically prevents bacteria from attaching itself to the walls of the urinary tract. So, if you are experiencing burning and irritation while urinating, blaze over the health food store and purchase a bottle of natural, unsweetened cranberry juice (the juice at the grocery store is packed with sugar which will irritate the condition). Drink several glasses a day until symptoms subside.
Cranberries also act as natural diuretic and antibiotic. Drinking several glasses of juice each day can offer real relief especially if you are prone to recurring infections.
Because of their high vitamin C content, cranberries may also provide protection against cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, infertility, eye damage, and deterioration, and common cold.