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The healing power of cranberry or cranberry

  1. Cranberries are better known in the Netherlands under the name cranberries. The cranberry grows mainly on Terschelling, where a barrel of cranberries that came over from the US once washed up. This has been turned over in the dunes by beachcombers. This has subsequently led to a healthy population of cranberry bushes on the Wadden Island. Cranberries have strong healing powers against bladder infections.

  2. Cranberries are better known in the Netherlands under the name cranberries. The cranberry grows mainly on Terschelling where a barrel of cranberries that came over from the USA once washed up. This was turned over in the dunes by beachcombers. This subsequently resulted in a healthy population of cranberry bushes on the Wadden Island. Cranberries have strong healing powers against bladder infections.

Scientific vs folk medicine

  1. In this article only the medicinal effect of cranberries used in phytotherapy is described. There are also popular actions of cranberries as a folk medicine, not all of which are endorsed by science. You can read this in the article: The popular healing power of the cranberry

Naming cranberries

  1. The plant names are all in Latin, so people using plants around the world refer to the same plant. The Latin name of the cranberry bush is Vaccinium Macrocarpon. Vaccinium is derived from 'bacca' which means berry and 'vacca' which means 'cow'. All evergreen berry bushes have given this Latin name because the Greeks saw that their cows were very fond of bilberries. Macrocarpon is Greek for 'Big fruit'. Dutch

  2. The plant names are all in Latin so people who use plants around the world are talking about the same plant. The Latin name of the cranberry bush is Vaccinium Macrocarpon. Vaccinium is derived from 'bacca' which means berry and 'vacca' which means 'cow'. All evergreen berry bushes have given this Latin name because the Greeks saw that their cows were very fond of bilberries. Macrocarpon is Greek for 'Big fruit'. Dutch

Cranberry in the Indians

  1. North American Indians in Massachusetts call the cranberry 'ibimi' which means 'bitter berry'. They had investigated various medicinal effects of the cranberry, which was later confirmed by scientific findings. The Indians treated urinary tract infections with it. In addition, they made an ointment that they used when they were hit with a poisonous arrow; the cranberries draw the poison from the wound. They covered meat with cranberries so that it could be kept fresh longer. The Indians pre-dried the berries during cold winter months; then they still had enough vitamins in those months

Cranberry during colonial times

  1. Cranberry was discovered by settlers from Europe. They began to make cranberry pie and they prepared a sweet sauce with a hot meal. Ships back to Europe always took cranberries with them because they contain a lot of vitamin C; This prevented the development of scurvy, which was a dreaded and deadly disease during long sea voyages in the centuries before American colonization. American women used cranberry juice for cystitis. In that case, the cranberry was mixed with more sweet fruits. The cranberry is quite acidic. You can mix cranberries with sweet banana, apple, kiwi, pomegranate, orange or grapes

  2. Cranberry was discovered by settlers from Europe. They began to make cranberry pie and they prepared a sweet sauce with a hot meal. Ships back to Europe always took cranberries with them because they contain a lot of vitamin C; this prevented the development of scurvy, which in the centuries before American colonization was a dreaded and deadly disease during long sea voyages. American women used cranberry juice for cystitis. In that case, the cranberry was mixed with more sweet fruits. The cranberry is quite acidic. You can mix cranberries with sweet banana, apple, kiwi, pomegranate, orange or grapes

Active ingredients cranberry

  1. Cranberries are harvested in the fall. The cranberry contains Catechins or Oligomeric Proanthocyanides (OPCs). It also contains a range of powerful flavonoids: anthocyanidins, flavanols and flavonols such as hyperoside, isoquercitrin, quercetin and avicularin, the organic acids hippuronic, malic, quinic, benzoic, glucuronic, oxalic and citric acids, pectin and the natural sugars fructose and D- mannose. To a lesser extent, cranberry contains triterpenic acids, chlorogenic acid, leptosine, alkaloids, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, beta-carotene, lutein and xanthine, the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and potassium

  2. Cranberries are harvested in the fall. The cranberry contains Catechins or Oligomeric Proanthocyanides (OPCs). In addition, it contains a range of powerful flavonoids: anthocyanidins, flavanols and flavonols such as hyperoside, isoquercitrin, quercetin and avicularin, the organic acids hippuronic acid, malic acid, quinic acid, benzoic acid, glucuronic acid, oxalic acid and citric acid, pectin and the natural sugars fructose and D- mannose. To a lesser extent, cranberry contains triterpenic acids, chlorogenic acid, leptosine, alkaloids, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, beta-carotene, lutein and xanthine, the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and potassium

Cranberries for cystitis

  1. The cranberry is a vegetable antibiotic

Other medicinal properties of cranberries

  1. Because this berry makes the urine more acidic, kidney stones are dissolved, As it makes the urine more acidic, the ammonia-like odor of urine disappears and has a deodorizing effect, Because it contains vitamin C, it has a preventive effect on scurvy, Vitamin C and the flavonoids strengthen the immune system. Anthocyanidins and flavonoids have a preventive effect on cataracts or macular degeneration, a disease that mainly occurs in diabetics.

Tips for eating cranberries

  1. Cranberry sauce with baked Camembert has become a classic vegetarian delicacy. Cranberries can be part of a fruit smoothie, but it is good to supplement it with some sweeter fruits. The tangy taste of cranberries is not perfect for serving as a snack fruit, but it doesn't hurt to try it in combination with some sweeter fruit. When you crush and mix cranberries with dried, grated coconut and honey, you get a tasty, sweet sauce that is suitable as a sandwich spread, over a pancake, as a sauce with homemade ice cream or as a sweet addition to a homemade muesli]

Consult a herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use cranberry as a medicinal product is advised to consult a herbalist. Cranberry extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract, ointment, cream and capsules should only be used on prescription by authorized persons. A herbalist can tell you more about this as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. There are also beneficial combinations with herbs. All the medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in phytotherapy.



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