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Apples - Reduces cholesterol.
Asparagus - Mild laxative, kidney stimulant.
Aubergine (eggplant)
Beer - Reduces heart disease, promotes bone health.
Cranberry - Treats urinary tract infection (UTI).
Cucumber - Skin friend, ant repellent.
Kiwi Fruit (Chinese gooseberry).
Muscovado Sugar (a.k.a. Barbados sugar)

 


 

   
Cranberry
Vaccinnium macropon

Member of the blueberry family. Cranberry has long been revered as a folk remedy for relief from urinary tract infections. Only recent research has unlocked the reason behind cranberry’s healing abilities. In the late 1980s, researchers in Ohio’s Alliance City Hospital and Utah’s Weber State University discovered a substance in cranberry that attaches to the E. Coli bacteria and prevents the bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Because of this, the bacteria is easily flushed out with other waste products and thus leaving the bacteria no time to start any infections in the bladder.

Many other fruits have been analysed, but only cranberry and blueberry has been found to be effective against the E. coli bacteria that causes urinary tract infections.

Other benefits of cranberry: A study carried out by researchers at the University of Illinois concluded that chemical compounds found in cranberry and blueberry showed strong potential to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer tumours.

Cranberries are also a good source of Vitamin C. Which is well regarded as a potent antioxidant, cancer preventive, immune booster and also male fertility enhancer.

Availability
Easily available in pharmacies and health food stores. If buying in liquid form, read the label carefully, as they vary from 10% to 100% juice extract. Try to avoid those with added sugar.(Sugar is bad for health, and is a nutrient destroyer.)

Dehydrated cranberry in capsule form is more potent. Follow instructions on the label closely.

Dosage
No established recommended dosage. Half cup of cranberry juice 3 times a day would be a good amount.

Contraindications
None known, and is considered very safe. Please check labels closely, if diabetic, avoid those with added sugar.

Additional tips to reduce the risk of bladder and urinary tract infections
1) Drink plenty of water
The more water that flushes through your body system, the less chance the bacteria has to remain in the body and start an infection.

2) Urinate often and completely.