Features of the use of cranberries in the treatment of kidney and bladder diseases
In folk medicine, cranberries are one of the most popular plants used to treat many ailments. Its small bright red fruits can be of great benefit, but their use in the treatment of diseases of the urinary system is especially effective.
The benefits of cranberries for diseases of the genitourinary system
The genitourinary system of a person includes a complex of two interconnected subsystems - the urinary and reproductive. The system includes organs such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urinary tract, each of which can become a victim of infectious processes, as well as other diseases.Unfortunately, many people, because of their employment, postpone going to the doctor, as a result of which diseases can take a chronic form. To prevent this from happening, you can use traditional medicine recipes, where cranberries are the main product. The berries of this plant are peculiar antibiotic of natural origin, they tend to relieve painful inflammatory processes and establish the work of the entire genitourinary system.
It should be understood that cranberries are not a panacea, in most cases it only helps to relieve inflammation in the early stages of the disease and improve the functioning of the organ system. You can’t do without going to the doctor and undergoing a medical examination for serious ailments.
To better understand how cranberries help in the treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system, one should consider its chemical composition. There are not many pure vitamins in it, with the exception of ascorbic acid. But there is a number of such beneficial biologically active substancesas: micro and macro elements (iodine, sodium, phosphorus, etc.), antioxidants, thiamine (has an enhanced resistance to infections), pectins, a complex of acids (benzoic, malic, succinic, oxalic).
- Thanks to this composition, the use of cranberries contributes to:
- decrease in the activity of inflammatory processes;
- removal of sand and stone deposits, toxins and toxins;
- quick rehabilitation of organs after an illness;
- increase the resistance of the walls of the bladder to infections;
- inhibition of the development of cancer cells.
Cranberries are a product of natural origin, and this is its main plus. There are no chemical additives or aggressive substances that during treatment of the genitourinary organs will adversely affect other body systems. This is an affordable tool that makes it possible to treat (in the first stages) and to prevent many diseases at home.
In addition to the therapeutic effect, cranberries remove salts of heavy metals, radioactive particles, stimulate the immune system, giving the body the strength to defeat the disease and recover.
Did you know? The properties of cranberries to improve well-being were known in ancient Rome. There, the berries were called "balls charged with vital energy."
The healing properties and benefits of cranberries for the genitourinary system
Cranberry berries have a number of properties that can affect the performance of the kidneys. This is especially true of the processes of urination and urination. The fruits have an excellent antimicrobial and diuretic effect, quickly eliminate inflammatory processes, wash out sand formations in the kidneys, and improve filtration processes. Cranberry juices, fruit drinks increase the acidity in the urine, which "does not suit" many bacteria that tend to leave the body.
Mechanism of action
Cranberries have a versatile effect on the organs of the genitourinary system, which together help to get rid of many ailments. First of all, it is worth noting the large amount in the fruits of thiamine - a substance that prevents pathogenic microbes from entering the cells. Besides, thiamine enhances the effect of any medication, so the treatment is more effective.
The complex of acids found in cranberries lowers the level of alkalis in the urine, which is why fungal organisms do not survive. Along with this, the level of calcium is reduced, which is a good measure to prevent the appearance of kidney stones.
Useful properties of cranberries for the kidneys
Cranberries can effectively help cope with diseases in the early stages of diseases of the genitourinary system - it cleanses the body well, helping to prevent the formation of stones, increases acidity, creating an unfavorable environment for bacteria. Fruits help fill the deficit in the body of such necessary substances as silver, iodine, magnesium, iron, manganese, etc. Each disease has its own nature of occurrence, with which cranberries cope differently.
With kidney inflammation
Pyelonephritis is an inflammatory process that occurs in the kidneys and often leads to their deformation. The causative agent, in most cases, is an infection, but there may be other reasons: changes in the hormonal background, impaired urine outflow, and weakened immunity. With pyelonephritis, cranberry fruits are used as an adjunct treatment. Berries enhance the effect of medical antibacterial drugs.
For kidney pain
Pain in the kidney can be caused by renal failure when functional processes are disturbed. The cause may be injuries, tumors of the urinary tract, intoxication, infection. In this case, cranberries are taken in combination with antibacterial drugs. It has a mild healing effect on the affected tissue, increasing the activity of antibiotics.
Important! Before taking cranberries for urolithiasis, it is necessary to undergo a diagnosis and establish the size of the stones. Excessively large fragments during discharge can disrupt the integrity of the ureter.
Urolithiasis is characterized by the formation of calculi in the organs of the urinary system - stones of dense formation, the sizes of which range from powdery to fragments reaching large sizes.
Stone formation can occur for several reasons. Often this is preceded by metabolic disturbances, when the alkali level in the body rises, resulting in the formation of phosphate stones, which the acidic environment created by cranberries can dissolve. Also, the fruits have a strong diuretic effect, removing sand and fine-grained formations from the kidneys.
Often the formation of calculi involves salts of heavy metals accumulated by the body - cranberries, which are a good antioxidant, contribute to their excretion, therefore it is useful to eat fruits even for preventive purposes
Cystitis (inflammation of the walls of the bladder) is an insidious disease that develops in the first stages unnoticed. It subsequently manifests itself with painful urges during urination, sharp pains in the lower abdomen, and fever. The causative agent of the disease is E. coli. Women suffer from the disease much more often than men; in the latter, the disease occurs in 20% of cases.
During the inflammatory process, urine acquires an alkaline environment, which contributes to the spread of infection. Cranberries, in this case, prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms in the bladder - its juice, entering the human body, affects the composition of the urine so that bacteria simply cannot exist in it and come out naturally.The healing effect begins approximately 1 hour after taking cranberries and lasts up to 12 hours. According to reviews of people who managed to try on the effect of cranberries, juice helps with cystitis.
Various medicinal products are prepared from cranberries - for centuries, in folk medicine, various effective recipes for cranberry juices, infusions, decoctions have been accumulated, including brewing other healthy fruits and herbs. As for diseases of the genitourinary system, juices and fruit drinks are most effective here., which can be prepared from both fresh and frozen berries.
Did you know? The world leader in growing cranberries is the United States.
To prepare cranberry juice, fruit need 2 cup cranberries, 3-4 tbsp. l sugar or honey and 2 liters of boiled cool water. Pour the berries in a colander, rinse well and scald with boiling water. Transfer the half-diluted fruits into a deep bowl and chop (with a pestle, blender). Add 2 l of water to the resulting slurry, mix thoroughly and strain through a sieve or gauze. Add sugar or honey.
Such fruit drinks can be prepared individually for each reception. To do this, 2 tbsp. scald cranberries, put in a cup, transfer, stir with cold drinking water and sugar.
In addition to its healing effects, fruit juice has an excellent tonic effect in hot weather. Morse perfectly cleanses the kidneys and bladder
Juice with juice
To prepare the fruit drink you need 1.5 tbsp. fresh berries and 2-3 tbsp. honey (optional). The fruits are washed, stacked in a container with high edges and crushed with a mortar or crushed using a blender. The resulting slurry should be grated through a fine sieve. The liquid is poured into a glass, and the thickening is poured into a pan, 1 liter of water is added here and put on the stove. The mixture should be boiled, then, having screwed the fire, simmer for another 5 minutes. After that, remove the pan from the stove and add the squeezed juice. For sweetening, you can use a couple of tablespoons of honey.
Frozen berry fruit drink
Cranberry berries retain their properties well during heat treatment, so thrifty housewives often freeze them. In the future, with the help of fruits, you can effectively replenish the vitamin balance in the winter and spring. For people suffering from diseases of the genitourinary system, this option will make it possible to be treated and prevented all year round.
To prepare cranberry juice, take 2 kg of frozen fruits and leave them at room temperature for thawing. To speed up the process, you can put the fruit (without removing it from the bag) in a pot of warm water. The thawed berries are washed, placed in a bowl, whipped with a blender, turning into a thick puree, and then rubbed through a sieve. The thick is transferred to the pan, sugar (200 g) and water (5 l) are added to it. The contents are brought to a boil, after which they simmer over low heat for another 5 minutes.
When the drink cools down a little, squeezed juice is added to it, mix well and filter. Sugar in the recipe can be replaced with natural honey (this is even much more useful). In this case, honey is introduced at the stage when the drink cools down.
From cranberries, you can prepare fresh juice from only picked or frozen berries, as well as make a harvest for the winter, preserving the product. For cooking, you need 2 kg of cranberries and 400 ml of water. If desired, a little sugar can be added to the taste during cooking.
Pass the berries through a meat grinder or chop the blender. Transfer the resulting mass to a pan, add water and put on fire. At this stage, it is important to ensure that the pulp does not boil, but boils for about 10 minutes over low heat, keeping the temperature no more than + 80 ° С.
After the specified time, the puree must be removed from the heat, strain and put on the stove again. Now the juice is brought to a boil and boiled for another 5 minutes on low heat (if you plan to sweeten the drink, add sugar at this stage).Now the juice will only cool and you can begin to take.
If you plan to prepare preservation for the winter, after the last boil, the juice should be immediately poured into banks, rolled up and left to cool down with its neck
Features of reception: frequency and volume of a portion
Cranberries can significantly increase the level of acidity - in general, this is how it helps the body cope with the infection. But, you need to understand that a supersaturated acid medium can give the opposite effect, negatively affecting the organs. The correct intake of cranberries should not be uncontrolled, such actions should be coordinated with the doctor, who at the same time will establish the necessary doses and the acceptable duration of use.
As a rule, fruit drinks are taken 3 times a day, consuming no more than 100 g at a time. They are most effective for cystitis, kidney pain. To speed up the process of treating inflammation of the kidneys, as well as urolithiasis, you can use juice, which reduces the level of calcium in the urine by 50%. To do this, you should drink 150 ml daily, divided into several doses.
A good prevention of genitourinary diseases will be taking juice or fruit drinks daily, about 200 ml per day
Contraindications and side effects
Cranberries can significantly increase acidity in the body, which, in some cases, can be harmful. Cranberries are contraindicated for people suffering from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastritis, colitis, enteritis. The use of berries during periods of exacerbation of diseases is especially dangerous - additional acid can provoke complications in the body.
Important! Hypersensitivity of tooth enamel, as well as inflammatory processes in the oral cavity can be a contraindication. — gum disease, stomatitis.
Individual cases of cranberry allergy are known, characterized by the following symptoms: redness or peeling of the skin, itching, sneezing attacks. If you haven’t consumed cranberries before, start with a few berries per day, watching your body react.. You can give the product to children, starting from 1.5 years. It is not recommended to abuse berries during pregnancy and lactation, so as not to cause an allergic reaction in the fetus.
Cranberries - a unique berry that strengthens the functionality of the internal system of the human body. Its value in the treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system is quite large, but, nevertheless, you should not make decisions on your own, it is better to consult your doctor in order to avoid negative consequences.