Cranberry Juice is good Urinary tract
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Previous research has suggested that cranberries are helpful in supporting a healthy urinary tract. A new study from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) demonstrates that people may benefit more from the juice of whole fruits, and not just a particular plant extract.
The researchers thought that proanthocyanidins (PACs), a group of flavonoids found in cranberries, were responsible for maintaining healthy excretory cells. Their new study focused on colonies of the bacterium E. coli. Certain strains of this pathogen are covered with hair-like projections that help them form a biofilm and latch onto human cells, which leads to negative effects.
Based on previous research on cranberries, the WPI team grew two groups of E. coli in their lab: one was incubated in the presence of PACs, while the other was treated with commercially available cranberry juice cocktail. Results showed that colonies grown with the juice were less likely to be able to form the biofilm needed to attach to human cells, as published Oct. 31 in Food Science and Biotechnology.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is currently conducting studies to assess the health benefits of cranberries. Other NIH agencies are looking at how cranberries may affect the aging process.