While the world scrambles to find newer and more powerful antibiotics to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers reporting at the International Conference on Polyphenols and Health on October 30,2015 provided evidence that cranberries could be used to combat recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and more.
Due to increasing antibiotic resistance, oral treatments for UTIs have become limited. Treatment with cranberries can help reduce the incidence of UTIs, thereby reducing antibiotic use and, accordingly, antibiotic resistance.
Cranberries also protect against oxidative stress and have been linked with further benefits. A presentation by Peter Howe, PhD, who is a professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia, revealed how cranberry polyphenols have been associated with improved blood flow that could aid the cardiovascular system and the brain.
Based on emerging science, cranberries can be a vital nutritional asset to address global health issues, particularly as more people look to holistic approaches for healing.