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Medical News: The Power of Cranberry Juice as an Anti-biotic

Although this may not qualify as an medical innovation per se, I found a recent article on the power of cranberry juice (or the tannins in the juice) to be an exciting find.

Medical research has shown that "A group of tannins found primarily in cranberries can transform E. coli bacteria, a class of microorganisms responsible for a host of human illnesses, including urinary tract infections, in ways that render them unable to initiate an infection."

In the zeal that Americans have for getting rid of bacteria with anti-bacterial this and anti-bacterial that, as well as our tendency to medicate ourselves too readily with anti-biotic medicines, harmful bateria is becoming ever more resistant.

The discovery is that "compounds in cranberry juice have the ability to change E. coli bacteria, a class of microorganisms responsible for a host of human illnesses (everything from kidney infections to gastroenteritis to tooth decay), in ways that render them unable to initiate an infection. The results of this new research by scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) suggest that the cranberry may provide an alternative to antibiotics, particularly for combating E. coli bacteria that have become resistant to conventional treatment." (Source )

This is exciting news and hopefully the catalyst for some helpful medicica innovations in the future.

What's great is that while we wait for those medicines, we can always self-medicate by drinking a glass of cranberry juice.

 

Comments
Sep 17, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Cranberry Juice

While I was already aware of the possible health benefits of drinking cranberry juice, I have always had some difficulty finding it in stores. Most of what is available is in the form of "cranberry juice cocktail"--not much cranberry juice in it, and not very beneficial.

Sep 17, 2006
by Michelle
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If you go to Trader Joe's,

If you go to Trader Joe's, they have cranberry concentrate in bottles. You take some and mix it with your juice or a seltzer and its delicious.

Sep 18, 2006
by Alexis

Health Food Stores

Try any of the health or organic food stores ... like whole foods.

Apr 17, 2008
by Anonymous

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