Fighting Infections with Cranberries

Healing Naturally with Cranberries

Cranberries are one of my favorites, these berries are used in so many desserts, and other products such as yogurts, drinks, vitamins, candies, gums and so on. But why I love cranberries also is that you can use these berries to help fight infections.

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The use of cranberry juice has been used by many for a long time to help the body fight infections, now to some this juice may have somewhat of a sour taste but it really works. My wife doesn’t like the taste, she says it is sour and avoids drinking it because of this.

On the other hand, both my son and I love it, in fact, at the time I am writing this we have been giving him cranberry to fight the infection that he has.

You get the best of both worlds when you use this juice to bring healing naturally, first you will be getting the vitamins from this juice and secondly you will be getting rid of the infection. Now there are cranberry cocktail, cranberry juice, and cranberry drink.

While cranberry cocktail and cranberry drink may have some nutrients, cranberry juice has a greater advantage because it is all-natural. Drinking cranberry juice has also been known for helping to fight the common cold.

What causes urinary tract infections?

Studies have shown that urinary tract infection is caused when bacteria enter the urinary tract, when this happens the bacteria begin to multiply.

Why cranberries?

According to medical studies, the active ingredients that are found in Cranberry juice has been found to have an adverse effect on the bacteria that causes this infection.

Signs or symptoms include:

1. Burning when urinating.

2. Back pain.

3.Pressure in the lower back.

4. Urge to urinate.

5. Urine having a foul smell.

6. Urine may appear to be cloudy and red.

7. Chills.

8. Fever.

9. Feeling tired.

Seek medical attention right away if you have any of these symptoms.

You will be asked to perform a urine test and if it is a urinary tract infection you may be given antibiotics.

Natural methods

Here are some natural ways to aid in the fight against this infection


A. Drink plenty of water because water helps to flush the system.

B. Drink Cranberry juice as we discuss already.

C. Decrease your intake of sweets until infections are gone because the bacteria that causes the infection survives in sugar.

D. Stay away from spicy foods.

E. Stay away from nicotine.

F. Alcohol is a no-no.

G. Caffeine is also a no-no. No Coffee, no sodas, or teas that contain caffeine.

H. Try drinking herbal teas.

I. And for the ladies, I know this is a bit personal but I must say it when you wipe, wipe yourself clean from front to back.

J. Change your diet and add more healthy foods to your food list

Other Benefits of cranberry

1. Aids in weight loss.

2. It helps to prevent kidney stones.

3. It helps prevents cancer.

4. It helps with lung inflammation.

5. It helps to fight the common cold.

6. Prevents tooth decay.

10. It helps to promote heart health.

11. Promotes immune health.

12. Promotes hair and skin health.

Final word

There is more to be said on this topic, using cranberries along with drinking plenty of water, and practicing good hygiene can go a long way in helping to avoid getting this infection.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

21 thoughts on “Fighting Infections with Cranberries”

  1. Your article is clear and to the point. I really appreciate your focus on one great product. I use Cranberries often in salads or just grabbing a snack. You are right on it is a great bacteria fighter. I have had many Urinary infections in my lifetime and had to take antibiotics. It is not pleasant. Believe me you know if you are getting a Urinary infection. Thanks for this terrific article. You refreshed my focus on how important it is to keep bacteria away from your urinary track. I believe it is better to be safe than sorry. I will pick up some Cranberry juice at Whole Foods and drink a glass each day. Will a glass a day be a good preventative? Or should it be more? Do you do your own juicing? Thanks Again.

    • Hello Sherry It is so good to hear for you again, cranberry is so awesome because of its healing properties and vitamin contend. Thanks for sharing, a glass a day is great. My wife and mom keeps me in tip top shape. All the best to you and have a good day.

  2. Hi,

    Great article about cranberries, I do eat cranberries for a long time but still get new information about them weekly. The infection part is new for me. Especially the part about the adverse affect on the bacteria that causes infection took my attention.

    Thanks for the article and keep up the good work!


  3. Your site is fabulous. We try and grow vegetables every year. Sometimes we succeed while others just don’t make it. We like to grow Organic. I don’t like to use pesticides and man made fertilizers. We want to be able to have an exceptional garden. Your website has helped us to learn more about how we can do this. Do you have a topic for artichokes? That is one of my favorites. It would be great to actually grow these on our own.

    • Hello Scott it is so good to meet you, thanks a million for those kid words. It is not a problem I will get the information to you, please stay tune. Thanks again, all the best to you and have a good day.

  4. Very interesting article. I have been researching natural remedies as I feel they are much more beneficial to overall health than prescription medicines with harmful side effects. Urinary tract infections are a common occurrence so this article will be very helpful. Are there any other benefits to consuming cranberries? I would think there would be other ailments it could help as well.

    • Hello Tony it is so good to meet you and thanks for commenting, I love going natural also because using natural product is so safe. Besides drinking cranberry juice to cure urinary tract infections, cranberry can be use to help fight the common cold, cancer, is good for kidney health, aids in weight lose, helps aid lung inflammation and lots more. Hope this helps, all the best to you and have a good day.

  5. This is awesome information. As a naturalist minded person I am always trying to find another way to avoid taking prescription pills for ailments. We were given all these fruits, veggies and herbs for a reason. I usually go with oregano oil for infections, but I can almost say without a doubt that cranberries will taste much better. One of these days I may ask you for permission to link to your awesome information on my own site!

  6. Interesting…Looks like I’m opposite to your wife- I mean I love the cranberries taste and now I know they can even help me with infection. Very useful for me to know that- Thank you Norman. I have a garden but never new is it possible to plant it there. Do you know something about the cultivation process?

    • Hello Ignat it is so good to meet you, cranberries loves a good garden soil mixed with peat moss, keep plant well watered, soil should be moist not water logged.Cranberries takes 16 months to grow, in some cases it may take longer 3-4 years to be exact, fertilize berries with 5-10-10 or 10-10-10. The last feeding should be done in June. Cranberries grows best when the weather is cool. Berries can be harvested between October and November.

      There is more that can be said but these are just a few important tips that you should know. Hope this helps, have a good day.

  7. When my mother had a urinary tract infection we looked all over for products to help her I cant believe something as simple as cranberry’s could of helped. this site is full of good information I will be bookmarking and following on Facebook! this artical is a very use full database.

    • Hello Joe, it is so good to meet you, Thanks for your kind words and support. All the best to you my friend and have a good evening.

  8. Thank you for sharing this information. I also love cranberries, strawberries and other berries too. But I have always only just eaten them as a fruit rather than drinking cranberry juice. I think eating them as a whole is better than juice, would that be right? If so, what do you think is the benefit of taking cranberry juice instead of just eating it as a fruit?

    • Hello Daniel it is so good to meet you, You can get more benefit by eating the fruit, but some people prefer to drink the juice in once shot than having to eating loads of fruit. Hope this helps, all the best to you and have a good day.

  9. Great information on Gardens. You really go into detail which is very helpful. I especially like how your talk about using plants as medicine for the body. Your website layout is lovely and easy to read. I love to find out about plants and how to look after them. I like the use of colourful plant pictures through your website so happy and fun. You have done such a great job.

    • Hello Dreaming of Coco it is so good to meet you, I am glad that I could help. Thanks a million for your kind words. All the best to you and have a good day.

  10. Congratulations, Neil, on this very useful and informative article. I like eating cranberries but to be honest I didn’t know that they can fight infections. That means, I am going to eat more cranberries in the future 🙂
    In addition, the page is well organised and also the images you used are good.
    Thank you very much once again and keep up the good work!

    • Hello my dare lady it is so good to meet you, thanks for commenting and for those kind words. Cranberries are just so amazing and have so many benefits, I am glad that I could help, have a good day.

  11. My Russian mother swears by cranberries. She feels it can cure just about anything. Growing up I had cranberries almost every day. I especially love cranberries in a green salad!
    You have some very good info here on your site!


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