Other: American cranberry, large cranberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton
Plant Family: Ericaceae
The familiar accompaniment to the American Thanksgiving meal is also one of the most versatile antibacterial herbs. Also anti-asthmatic and diuretic, the cranberry offers side-benefits beyond its traditional use in treating urinary tract infections. Cranberry is a fruit native to North America, with almost 98% of the world supply cultivated in the northern U.S. and Canada. Both indigenous Americans and colonists valued cranberry for its medicinal and nutritional properties. Cranberries are a high value crop, ranking 40th in sales of all cash crops monitored by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistical Service.
Arbutin, colorful anthocyanins and their colorless precursors the oligomeric proanthocyanidins, and natural sugars (that you can't taste).
For medicinal use, the powder is best. May be encapsulated or added to sugar-free teas. Most dried and powdered products on the market are freeze-dried and usually contain an anti-caking agent to prevent it from solidifying.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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