Cranberries can help fight harmful bacterial infections in the body

A study had find out that Cranberries can help to fight a lots of infections in the body, Cranberries is one of the world’s healthiest foods, loaded with antioxidant and inflammatory nutrients. The health benefits of cranberries include decreased risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), prevention of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, improved immune system, decreased blood pressure and more. Now, a new research has found that cranberry extract has the potential to interrupt communication between harmful bacteria, thus stopping spread of infections and paving way to developing alternative approaches in controlling infections.

“Cranberry PACs interrupt the ability for bacteria to communicate with each other, spread and become virulent — a process known as quorum sensing,” INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier’s Professor-investigator Eric Deziel said.

Cranberries are a potent source of antioxidants and have unique anti-adhesive properties which help protect the body from harmful bacteria.

This unique anti-adhesive activity is primarily due to a natural compound in the fruit called proanthocyanidins (PACs).

PACs can aid in controlling the virulence or spread of potentially dangerous bacterial infections around the world, the researchers said.

“The cranberry extract successfully interferes with the chain of events associated with the spread and severity of chronic bacterial infections,” said Deziel from the research centre in Quebec, Canada.

In the study, by feeding cranberry extract to fruit flies — a commonly used model for studying human infections — the reseachers discovered that the fruit provided flies protection from bacterial infection.

The cranberry-fed flies lived longer than their cranberry-free counterparts.

In essence, the cranberry extract reduced the severity of the bacterial infection.

“This means that cranberries could be part of the arsenal used to manage infections and potentially minimise the dependence on antibiotics for the global public,” said Professor Nathalie Tufenkji of McGill University in Canada.

Cranberries are often referred to as a “super food and are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content.

The results which elaborated on what this might mean for humans, as opposed to flies, were published in Scientific Reports.

 

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