Friday, February 04, 2005

What's a Cranberry?


Found primarily in North America and grown in bogs, cranberry is an evergreen shrub that is related to blueberry, buckberry, huckleberry, cowberry, and bilberry. The cranberry bush has upright branches with leaves that are speckled on the underside by tiny dots. Pink flowers blossom and red-black fruits appear during June and July.

Some doctors suggest drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). In one study of 192 elderly women, those who drank 300 mL (approximately 1 1/3 cups) of cranberry juice cocktail every day for 6 months had significantly less bacteria and infection in their urine than those who drank a placebo beverage for the same period of time. In another study of sexually active college students, regular consumption of cranberry juice was associated with a 50% reduction in UTIs.

text extract and pic from: www.ajc.com/health

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