Info: 70 g Jar
As its name implies, this natural drink mix not only features Cranberry -- the very best kind and concentration, for this purpose* -- but also offers a far more complete means of helping treat and prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). It's now understood most UTIs are caused by bacterial infections (with E. coli being the biggest culprit), so this synergistic combination of plants and herbs takes a multi-pronged approach: fighting the bacteria themselves (some of these ingredients, including cinnamon & Uva Ursi, have antibacterial properties); preventing them from adhering to the tissues lining the bladder, kidneys, and urinary tract (thanks to the Uva Ursi/Bearberry and the Cranberry, which excels at that); providing an alternate material (D-Mannose, a natural form of otherwise indigestible sugar) for them to feed on and attach themselves to, instead; then helping flush them away, with diuretics (Dandelion Root and Corn Silk); and finally reducing the inflammation they may have left in their wake.
* The Cran D'or cranberry powder in this product is supplied by Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals: the world's largest processor and supplier of organic cranberries and wild blueberries, based in Quebec. Fruit d'Or has raised the bar for quality in this industry, by being vertically integrated from farm to table: controlling the quality of their ingredients right from the seed to the harvest, and all the way to the finished products (the cranberry powder in this case), with extensive testing and standardization along the way. In order to ensure the authenticity, purity and efficacy of each product and provide the best that could be offered, they were the first company to polyphenol fingerprint each type of product to identify its entire spectrum of nutrients.
Their Whole Fruit Cranberry Powder (which was dried under low temperatures in order to protect the natural integrity and composition of those PACs) is a pure, whole food made from certified non-GMO cranberries -- with no chemicals, fillers, additives or processing aids, preservatives, food colors, or added sugars. They use the whole fruit, including its skin, fiber, natural juices and seeds, which collectively have more nutrients and characteristics than any part alone.**
Cranberries have many nutritional benefits, including being very high in antioxidants. But when it comes to UTIs, their most important constituent is likely proanthocyanidins (PACs), which appear to be able to obstruct those pathogenic E. coli's ability to adhere to the epithelial cells in the urinary tract. Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals' state-of-the art manufacturing process delivers the highest level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) of any natural cranberry product, while still maintaining the natural integrity of the fruit. The 500 mg of Cran d'Or in each 7 gram serving of this powder is equivalent to consuming 18 grams of fresh cranberry fruit solids (and you can get it here without all the added sugars or calories you'd get from cranberry juice), and provides 135 mg of PACs per serving, which greatly surpasses what's found in leading brands.
** For example, the insoluble PACs are only found in the 'press cake' which is left after extracting the juice (not in the juice alone), and recent studies have found these insoluble proanthocyanidins also have anti-adhesion activity which can help prevent E. coli from attaching to the bladder.
Ingredients:Each 7 g Scoop Contains:
500 mg Cinnamon (branch bark) standardized extract (Cinnamomum verum) (NLT 20% proanthocyanidins, NLT 25% polyphenols)
30 mg Corn (silk) (Zea mays)
500 mg Cranberry (fruit) 37:1 standardized extract* (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (7-10% proanthocyanidins) [* 18,500 mg Crude Herb Daily Equivalent]
100 mg Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)
3000 mg D-Mannose
2,610 mg Dried Cranberry juice (fruit) (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
59 mg Uva ursi leaves (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Citric acid, Maltodextrin, Oryza sativa (Rice) hull powder, Rebaudioside A (Stevia leaf extract).
Does not contain gluten, soy, or dairy.
Suggested Usage:Adults: Mix 1 scoop with 2 to 4 ounces of water daily (whether just in its own glass of water, or in a shaker for taking it on the go, or blended with other things to make a smoothie), or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Take a few hours either before or after any other medication or natural health product.
If taking for UTI, use for a minimum of 4 weeks to see beneficial effects.
Warnings:Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, high or low blood pressure, kidney or liver disorder, diabetes or edema (swelling of hands, face and feet), or if you are taking products containing diuretics. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking blood thinners or have liver or gall bladder diseases, intestinal obstruction, or a history of kidney stones. Do not take with highly acidic foods (e.g. citrus fruits and juice) or medications which may acidify urine. Stop use and seek medical attention immediately if you experience dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness or pain, abnormal heart beat and/or difficulty breathing. Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80073414.