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Cranberry

Cranberry is a small berry grown throughout North America. It has been used for treating different urinary diseases for many centuries. Nowadays, cranberry juice and extracts are used as medicine, mainly for treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Its juice can prevent UTIs and treat them.
Cranberry can be also used for neurogenic bladder and deodorizing urine in patients with urinary incontinence. Some people use cranberry to speed skin healing, kill germs, increase urine flow, and reduce fever.
There are data supporting cranberry's effectiveness against type 2 diabetes, scurvy, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), inflammation of the lining around the lung (pleurisy), and even cancer.
Cranberry works for urinary tract by making the urine acidic which kills bacteria and stops their growth. But today researchers are sure that some of the chemicals in these berries prevent bacteria from sticking to the human cells inside the urinary tract. Cranberry contains a lot of salicylic acid, which is used in aspirin.

Cranberry is mostly safe for adults and children. But drinking too much cranberry juice can lead to side effects - diarrhea or mild stomach upset. Drinking this juice for a long period of time in big doses might increase the risk of developing kidney stones.
Cranberries and cranberry juice can be consumed during pregnancy and breast-feeding in a natural form but not in the form of dietary supplements as their safety is under great doubt.
Cranberries contain salicylic acid which is similar to aspirin. Large quantities of cranberry juice can cause allergy, just like aspirin. Some cranberry products contain a lot of sugar, thus, they should be avoided by diabetics.
Cranberry products contain a lot of oxalate. It is a chemical from which kidney stones are primarily made from. So, people with a history of kidney stones are recommended to avoid taking cranberry products in large amounts or frequent drinking of cranberry juice.