Get Crazy About Cleansing Cranberry

by Melissa Chichester

Cranberries might be best known as a sweet side dish, but this tart treat has a lot more to offer!

This beneficial berry is related to the blueberry, bilberry, and lingonberry. Because cranberries are so bitter and sour, they are typically used in cranberry-based powders, sauces and especially juice, so it is necessary to watch out for sugar.

Cranberry is also available as a supplement, something both men and women can benefit from.

The history of cranberries

Cranberries were first used by an Algonquin tribe in New England for dyes and food, especially pemmican, a fat-based, high-energy food. Native Americans also used cranberries for bladder health and other wellness practices.

Beginning in 1550, cranberries were documented by several explorers throughout the Eastern United States.

In 1667, King Charles II was sent cranberries from New England and just two years later, the first cranberry sauce was documented as Captain Richard Cobb served it alongside turkey to celebrate his marriage. 

Into the 1670s, the further recording of cranberry use began in cooking guides and books. Cranberry cultivation spread throughout the East and by 1900, 21,500 acres of cranberries had been harvested in New England. Today, Wisconsin is the largest producer of cranberries in the United States, and cranberries are farmed on over 40,000 acres throughout the country.

The nutritional value of cranberries

Raw cranberries have more nutritional value than cranberry juice and dried cranberries.

Comprised mostly of water and carbohydrates, cranberries also contain valuable vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, essential mineral manganese, and magnesium. They also contain beneficial plant polyphenols, antioxidants and fiber.

Cranberry benefits for men and women

Many people associate cranberries as being beneficial for women, but both men and women have reasons to pay attention to this herbal helper. 

Overall, cranberry is known to nutritionally support urinary tract function in both men and women.* 

The urinary system works hard to flush waste from the body and maintain water balance. 

Cranberries help cleanse the urinary tract, helping remove unwanted compounds to clear the way for healthy urine flow.* In turn, this also maintains bladder health.* 

Cranberries also contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body, something that men and women can both use.*

Cranberry supplements 

While there are various forms of cranberry supplements, our Cranberry Gummies formula utilizes Pacran® cranberry, which has been clinically shown to promote urinary tract function.*

Each serving of cranberry gummies provides a standardized dose of the active ingredient proanthocyanidin. These bioactive compounds help to deliver the urinary health benefits of cranberries.* If you’re looking for a delicious way to maintain urinary tract health, Cranberry Gummies are a great choice for men and women.* 

One A Day Cranberry is another popular cranberry supplement at Puritan’s Pride. It is a source of antioxidants, which can help fight free radicals in the body.* Free radicals can cause oxidative stress which may damage cells.* Plus, you’re getting the same great benefits for urinary tract function and bladder health as cranberry gummy vitamins but in convenient rapid-release capsules.* 

Cranberry Fruit Concentrate Plus Hibiscus Extract is a dual-action formula for bladder and urinary tract cleansing and support.* Each serving contains 250mg of cranberry concentrate powder, a 50:1 concentrate equivalent to 12,500mg of fresh cranberries, plus 100mg of hibiscus extract.

Always talk to a healthcare provider before taking any new supplements. 

Pacran® is a trademark of Naturex Inc.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.