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Typically cranberry juice is thought of as a home health remedy to treat urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Some recent research indicates cranberry juice may also promote lower blood pressure levels .
Let me begin by stating these study results are preliminary. More research needs to be conducted. The study, funded by Ocean Spray Cranberries, was published as an abstract and the results have not yet been peer-reviewed and published in a journal. Results were reported at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Washington, DC.
Placebo Controlled Study
The study was led by Janet Novotney, MD of the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland. During the eight week study, the 56 study participants drank either an 8-ounce glass of low-calorie sweetened placebo drink or an 8-ounce low-calorie cranberry juice twice a day. The diet of participants was controlled to maintain body weight during the 8 week trial. The research center provided meals to reduce va...
Cranberries will soon be bursting on the scene, fresh from the fall harvest.
Cranberries have a rich history of uses for health. Cranberry poultices to heal wounds were used during American colonial days. Sailors carried cranberries on long voyages to prevent scurvy (vitamin C deficiency).
More recently, cranberries have been recognized to have the unique property of blocking adhesion of bacteria invading human tissue. This can help prevent urinary tract infections, complement treatment of stomach ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori , and improve oral hygiene by preventing adhesion of the mouth bacterium, Streptococcus mutans , to teeth.
But are cranberries healthy for your heart? Several unique properties of cranberries suggest that they do indeed contribute to various aspects of heart health:
Rich source of pectin - Pectin is a soluble fiber, the sort that binds bile acids in the intestinal tract and naturally reduces LDL cholesterol.
I keep hearing that women who are pregnant should avoid fish that are high in mercury. Are there specific types of fish that pregnant women should avoid?
There has been a lot of press lately on the risks associated with high mercury intake, particularly to pregnant women. If a woman is exposed to high levels of mercury while she is pregnant, both she and the baby can be at risk. A high level of mercury during pregnancy has been linked to developmental delays and nervous system damage to the baby.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration recommend that pregnant women, those who may become pregnant and women who are nursing avoid consuming fish that are high in mercury. Their recommendations include:
Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
Eat up to 12 ounces per week of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury.
Be careful when purchasing tuna. Light tuna has less mercury than albacor...
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