All of us would like to remain healthy, fit and energetic all the time, sleep well and maintain a good lifestyle. However, sometimes things just happen and one of the common but irritating disorders that one can get is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Although it is totally treatable, it sometimes has the nasty habit of recurring. Cranberry tablets from Organic Greek can help prevent the recurrence or reduce the number of times it recurs.
The cranberry is a native shrub in North America and is mainly cultivated in the northeastern and north central parts of the nation. The evergreen bush is an attractive plant with dark green leaves and pink flowers. The dark red, attractive, egg-shaped fruit is used as herbal supplement. It is rich in antioxidants which are beneficial in maintaining general health and wellbeing.
Cranberry tablets might be useful for treating other conditions as well. It has natural salicylic acid, the main ingredient in aspirin. Salicylic acid has been found to
- reduce swelling
- prevent the formation of blood clots
- have an anti-tumor effect.
Organic Greek manufactures its herbal supplement Cranberry tablets in an FDA approved facility. The tablets are natural, vegan friendly and non-GMO.
There have been studies that show that regular intake of cranberry tablets not only reduce the recurrence of UTIs but may also reduce the number of times a person needs to urinate. It is effective in controlling an overactive bladder. It could also decrease the odor of urine in those who are unable to control urination.
Cranberry supplement may also reduce certain chemicals present in those who have prostate cancer but there aren’t any indications as yet whether it can slow down the cancer or reduce bladder irritation after radiation therapy.
In laboratory studies cranberries help decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). They also seem to be able to fight a few viruses and bacteria in these studies. More research and real time studies have to be carried out to expand the scope of the beneficial effects of cranberries.
Since cranberry contains natural amounts of salicylic acid as well as oxalates, it should be avoided by those who have an adverse reaction to aspirin. The oxalates in cranberries can help in the formation of kidney stones. Those who are prone to kidney stones should avoid cranberry supplements. It may also react with warfarin.
Cranberry supplements are generally safe to use and rarely cause side effects unless they are taken in large quantities.
Note: It is always advisable to talk to your health care provider before taking any herbal supplement as the FDA does not approve of any herbal supplement per se but inspects facilities where they are manufactured.