Is your urinary tract stressing you out? Consider the therapeutic value of the humble cranberry. Then ponder what that would be like with probiotics and C!
Did you know that American Indians enjoyed cranberries cooked and sweetened with honey or possibly maple syrup? It was consumed not only for its tart taste but for its medicinal properties as well. The astringent tannins in the cranberry helped to bind up wounds, stop bleeding and contribute antibiotic effects. By the 18th century, the cranberry was being exported to England by colonists. Today, cranberry extract is valued for it’s effects on urinary tract health, immune support and digestive tract health benefits.
Cranberry for Urinary Tract Health
For the majority of women, urinary tract health can be more difficult to maintain. Studies show that 50% of all women will experience challenges in their urinary tract during their lifetime. The urethra is shorter in women than in men so women are anatomically more likely to transfer bacteria to the bladder. The major cause of urinary tract problems is the bacterium Escherichia coli (E-Coli). The conventional method of treating urinary tract dysfunction is to kill the E-Coli. Doctors often treat urinary tract dysfunctions in women, but many of the bacteria that cause this type of condition are becoming resistant to most traditional methods.
In one study, doctors gave a placebo or 240 mg of cranberry beverage per day to 373 women who had a recent bout. After 24 weeks, women drinking the cranberry beverage had 39 percent fewer episodes compared to placebo. Discussing the findings, doctors said the study confirmed that cranberry can reduce the number of urinary tract problems in women, and reduce the need for treatment. Cranberries contain D-mannose, a natural sugar component that bonds to E-Coli and washes away during urination. Cranberries remove unwanted compounds from the urinary tract, thereby cleansing waste products from the body.
Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2016, Vol. 103, No. 6, 1434-42
Solgar’s Cranberry CRAN FLORA
CRAN FLORA is specially formulated to offer a comprehensive blend of highly concentrated Cranberry Powder, L. Acidophilus, and Ester-C® in a convenient 2-a-day dosage capsule. This unique combination promotes and protects the health of the urinary tract and the intestines, while also supporting a healthy immune system. All this with only 5 calories – compare that to drinking straight cranberry juice!
CRAN FLORA contains Ester-C, a non-acidic form of Vitamin C formulated to be gentle on your stomach. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that helps maintain your white blood cells in order to help support your body’s overall immune health.
Our bodies need for good bio flora in our digestive tract is pivotal as we are made of bacteria. The probiotic L. Acidophilus contained in CRAN FLORA help to promote a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Regular use of these living organisms, or “friendly bacteria” as they are called, help support healthy digestive and urinary tract balance for a worry-free Mother’s Day!
Gentle, Non-Constipating Iron
Adding an iron mineral supplement, such as Gentle Iron, should also be part of a woman’s complete daily health regimen. About 1 in 5 women of childbearing age suffer iron deficiency due to blood loss during their monthly menstrual cycles. Women who are pregnant are at an even higher risk of anemia since they need blood for themselves and their growing fetus. Solgar’s Gentle Iron helps play a role in normalizing hemoglobin, the component in red blood cells that carries oxygen and delivers it to the tissues. Gentle Iron also helps promote higher levels of energy during those tiring monthly cycles while also participating in the production of the brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine to help boost your mood. This formula is 25mg absorbable ferrous Iron Bisglycinate chelate so is therefore gentle on the stomach and non-constipating.
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