Canneberge

What are Cranberries?

Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are a fruit from a bush native to North America. Cranberries are a natural source of phenolic compounds with antioxidant activity, such as anthocyanins, flavonols, and phenolic acids.

Historically, cranberry juice and leaves were first used by Native American tribes as a poultice on wounds. Since the mid-19th century, cranberry products, including cranberry dietary supplements, have been used as folk medicine for a number of ailments, including urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Cranberries and cranberry juice are used in different foods and beverages. Cranberry supplements are generally available in the form of capsules.

Positive actions of Cranberry reported by scientific studies:

  • Provides several antioxidant phenolic compounds
  • Contains unique A-type proanthocyanidins
  • Have the potential benefit of lowering UTI recurrence.

Références

Blumberg JB et al. Cranberries and Their Bioactive Constituents in Human Health. Advances in Nutrition. 2013;4(6):618-632. doi:10.3945/an.113.004473

ANSES, 2011. Avis de l’Agence nationale de s écurit é sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travailrelatif al’ evaluation des effets potentiels de la canneberge dans le champ des infections urinaires communautaires. Saisine no 2010-SA-0214.

Nowack R, Birck R. Cranberry products in the prevention of urinary tract infections: examining the evidence. Botanics: Targets and Therapy. 2015:45. doi:10.2147/btat.s62986

Pourmasoumi M et al. The effects of cranberry on cardiovascular metabolic risk factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Nutrition. 2019:xx. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.04.003

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