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By Susan Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist




Pity the poor cranberry. We only think about them around
Thanksgiving when they become an indispensable part of our
favorite cranberry sauce. Soon forgotten after Thanksgiving
in the US and Christmas in the UK and Canada, cranberries
have a hard time competing in the aisles of the grocery stores
against the likes of apples, oranges and bananas. But all that
may change once the word gets out that the overlooked
cranberry juice --- at least the low calorie variety --- actually
lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

The species of cranberry grown in the US is
"Vaccinium
macrocarpon
". America producesmost of the world's
cranberries, some 381081 tons, almost twice as much as our
cousins in second place Canada, at 176026 tons. Together,
the US and Canada account for over 90% of the world's
cranberry production.


The Study That Discovered Cranberry's Effects on Blood
Profiles

In 2015, scientists from the US Department of Agriculture's
Agricultural Research Service published a study with the
wordy title of "Cranberry juice consumption lowers markers
of cardiometabolic risk, including blood pressure and
circulating C-reactive protein, triglyceride, and glucose
concentrations in adults."  It's not an easy read.

Scientists assembled 30 women and 26 men who were on
average 50 years old weighing about 174 pounds (79
kilograms). They measured their blood pressure, blood sugar,
body weight and other measures.

For eight weeks, the participants either drank 240 milliliters
of low calorie cranberry juice twice per day or a look-a-like
red-colored drink with no cranberries in it. Both drinks had
the same amount of calories and had between 6.5 to 7.5
grams of sugar per drink.

At the end of the 8 weeks, the scientists discovered that the
participants who had drunk the cranberry juice had much
better health profiles than those who had consumed the look-
a-like placebo.

For blood pressure, the cranberry juice drinkers had lower s
blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120/70, according
to the new standards of the American Heart Association. ,
with 70 being the diastolic blood pressure and 120 being the
systolic blood pressure.

Diastolic blood pressure generally is harder to lower than
systolic blood pressure.  The cranberry juice drinkers had a
diastolic blood pressure below normal; of 69.2 compared
with a diastolic blood pressure slightly above normal for the
placebo group of 71.6.

In other words, drinking cranberry juice lowered diastolic
blood pressure by 3.3% in only 8 weeks.


Cranberry Juice Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

































Perhaps the most surprising finding was the effect of
cranberry juice on blood sugar levels.

Low calorie cranberry juice lowered
fasting blood sugar
levels
from 5.42 mmol to 5.32 mmol, a decrease of 1.84%
again in only 8 weeks.

This may not seem earth-shattering. But it is. We have seen
our national rates of diabetes climb steeply, almost in lockstep
with our increasing consumption of soft drinks.

What if we could change this one aspect of our diets and
those of our children? What if we could start substituting low
calorie cranberry juice instead of just one soft drink?


Over the course of a year, we could perhaps start to bend the
curve downward on diabetes rates.


What if we started to consume cranberries as a regular go-to
fruit, as we now consume apples, oranges and bananas?



Cranberry Juice Cuts Internal Inflammation in Half

Internal inflammation is the start of many disease processes,
including cancer, heart disease and arteriosclerosis and
stroke. Arteries, to take one example, become inflamed after
you eat certain high fat foods such as meat. Once
inflammation sets in, your body tries to "douse the flames",
so to speak, by releasing various compounds. C-reactive
protein is one such compound that appears only when your
body is experiencing internal inflammation.

Drinking cranberry juice lowers C-reactive protein levels by
50% in just 8 weeks.  Scientists found that the group that
drank low calories cranberry juice had C-reactive protein
levels of 0.522 ln(mg/L) compared to  0.997 ln(mg/L fro
those who drank the look-a-like placebo.




Flavonoids in Cranberries Interrupt Formation of Plaque in
Arteries

Evidence from several studies has found that flavonoid
compounds in cranberries interrupt the process that leads to
the deposit of plaques in the arteries. Plaque deposits lead to
hardening and blockage of the arteries, often preceding a
heart attack.  

The first step in the process involves the eating of foods with
oil. This can lead to an uptake of oxidized LDL cholesterol by
macrophages in the cells lining your arteries called the
endothelium. This leads to the introduction of foam cells in
the intima of the endothelium and the development of fatty
streaks.

Cranberry has three types of flavonoids which appear to my
it more difficult for the body to uptake oxidized LDL,
according to a 2002 study from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison . These flavonoids are anthocyanins, flavonols, and
proanthocyanidins.

























































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