Vaccinium macrocarpon, Cranberry, Cranberries.

Vaccinium macrocarpon, Cranberries and their juice have long been regarded as folk treatments for urinary infections. In early American medicine, the crushed berries were applied to tumors and poulticed on wounds. The berries were recognized as a treatment for scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) and dysentery. Contrary to popular belief, Cranberry does not serve as a urinary antiseptic by acidifying the urine. Recent studies show that Cranberry contains compounds that prevent the adhesion of bacteria to linings of the bladder and gut, thereby preventing infection.

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