April 23, 2010

Powerful juice stops bladder infections, prevents cavities, and stops cancer

As you may know, I'm a huge fan of berries. Earlier this week, I showed you how blueberries can help your eyesight and prevent stress from damaging your body. Now we've even more news on another berry - the cranberry.

Cranberries are an amazing food. We've known for decades that cranberry juice polyphenols are great for your urinary tract. They decrease the ability of bacteria to adhere to and infect your bladder. They also reduce your risk of infections along your urinary tract.

But that's not all. Several new studies show that cranberry juice can prevent pathological oral bacteria from eating away your teeth. Manufacturers are now adding cranberry extracts to oral care products, even dental floss. But simply drinking the juice can help protect your teeth from cavities.

And, finally, cranberries are packed with compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs). These incredible plant polyphenols promote apoptosis in human ovarian cancer cells, prostate cancer cells, and neuroblastoma cells. They directly reduce cancer-cell division and have cell-killing effects on certain cancer cells.

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You'll find the most phytochemicals, in descending order, in dried, frozen, sauce and jellied cranberries. This makes sense. Sauces and jellies contain water, which dilutes the nutrients, and sugar.

I strongly suggest a diet rich in any and all edible berries for cancer. A German colleague of mine revealed the likely secret behind berries' cancer fighting ability. For the normal cells, these chemicals are powerful antioxidants, protecting them from everyday damage.

But cancer cells are highly reduced. To them, these chemicals are actually oxidants. Moving the oxidation/reduction potential of a cancer cell toward normal is a great way to induce it to commit apoptosis (cell suicide). If you have cancer, or are at risk, this is important information. I don't think that you can overdose on berries. Eat as many as you can.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,



Ref: Yamanaka-Okada A., Sato E, Kouchi,T, et al. Inhibitory effect of cranberry polyphenol on cariogenic bacteria. Bull Tokyo Dent Coll. 2008; 49(3):107-112.

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