Cranberry is mainly composed of water for about 80% of its weight, but it also contains different compounds such as flavonoids, calcium, anthocyanins and various vitamins and mineral salts. This fruit has an important role in the prevention of urinary tract infections as it prevents the bacteria residing in this tract such as Escherichia coli or Staphylococcus aureus from adhering to the bladder wall and ascending to cause serious kidney infections. Furthermore, it has been seen that the regular ingestion of cranberries favors the acidification of urine with a natural antibiotic effect. The intake of cranberry for a fairly long period, about 1 year, seems to be very useful in preventing recurrences of urinary tract infections especially in women who by nature are more affected because of the very close relationship between urethra and anal region and for the habit of using synthetic underwear and tight-fitting trousers that create a moist environment suitable for bacterial proliferation. It is always a good idea to consult your family doctor before starting, for therapeutic purposes, cranberry because of one of its components, oxalate, which is considered a risk factor for those who suffer from kidney stones; even diabetic people should not drink too much cranberry juice because it has a high sugar content. According to recent studies, the cranberry appears to be able to increase the risk of bleeding and is therefore to be avoided in patients treated with anti-coagulant drugs; the beneficial properties of the cranberry have also been tested in the treatment of other diseases such as osteoporosis, venous insufficiency, water retention and cardiovascular diseases as this berry is very rich in anti oxidants that fight free radicals. Cranberry juice is widely used in Britain where it is known as "Cranberry": British doctors prescribe it to menopausal women for their high calcium content and to counteract the danger of osteoporosis. Cranberry juice prevents the adhesion of microbes responsible for caries and gum disorders; this fruit is recommended for those who carry out work for which they must remain standing for several hours, such as sales assistants and workers who suffer from problems such as venous insufficiency or varicose veins. The elements contained in the blueberry such as tannins and anthocyanins contribute to the formation and protection of capillary and venous vessels, making them elastic and resistant to pressure fluctuations.The latest studies conducted by a famous American university have correlated the daily intake of cranberry to the improvement of a very debilitating neuro degenerative pathology of Alzheimer: the cranberry in fact improves memory, neuronal connections and has a beneficial effect on motor coordination and also appears to slow the progression of the disease.The recipe for the preparation of cranberry cream and its uses in the kitchen
Here is the recipe for preparing a tasty cranberry sauce: buy 300 grams of fresh or frozen cranberries and rinse them under running water; then put them to drain in a colander. Take a pot, pour in water, add a tablespoon of sugar and wait for the sugar to dissolve completely. When the water has reached boiling point, pour the blueberries and cook over a moderate heat; once the cooking is finished, you can serve the cranberry cream with a cup of vanilla ice cream or keep it in the fridge for a few days. Cranberries are used to cook jams, to prepare herbal teas and fruit syrup or creams with blackberries and raspberries. The blueberry herbal tea is effective for treating constipation or other disorders of the gastro-intestinal system, hemorrhoids, and other diseases of the urinary tract.
Cranberries for skin care
Cranberries are known for their countless invigorating properties and because they contain essential nutrients for cells such as vitamins A and C, mirtillin (which gives the berry its name), phosphorus, calcium, manganese, and it is precisely thanks to them the blueberry is very effective in strengthening the blood vessel wall. That's why in dermatological pathologies based on the rupture of capillaries such as cuperose, blueberry based herbal remedies are recommended.
Here is a recipe to prepare a face cream at home: take a saucepan to boil about 50 grams of blueberries in plenty of water for 10 minutes; immediately with a fork help crush the berries and add a teaspoon of powdered oats. Spread this cream on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.