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Cranberry: what fruit is this?

Originating in North America, the plant gave rise to a red and acidic fruit. Cranberry was already used as food by the indigenous people, in ceremonies and as a medicine.

This fruit is composed of vitamin C, organic acids and some secondary metabolites, such as flavonoids, catechins, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. In general, their consumption is associated with the prevention of infections in the urinary tract, since these substances are able to prevent bacteria from getting stuck in the bladder wall. Cranberry is also a source of fiber (pectin), acids (acetic, ascorbic, capric, malic, valerianic, citric), antioxidant (flavonoids) and minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium and selenium).

Cranberry benefits: · Prevents urinary tract infections

· Assists in the treatment of people with neurogenic bladder · Helps to deodorize the urine of urinary incontinence sufferers · Assists in increasing urine flow · Accelerates skin healing · Prevents gastritis and ulcers. Where to find Cranberry? In Brazil it is more difficult to find fresh fruit, but in frozen and dried versions it is a little easier. Cranberry juice can also be used and can be found in supermarkets, health food stores and organic markets. The capsule version (extract) is often recommended by nutritionists and gynecologists as they are easier to administer in high doses.

Caution: Cranberry consumption is safe for most people, as long as the intake does not exceed the recommended daily amount (480 ml). For pregnant women and breastfeeding women, the intake of cranberry supplements is not recommended, as it is not known if they are safe for this public, as there is still no study to prove their safety in use and quantity.


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