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Cranberries and Your Health: What’s the Real Story?

An Open Letter from Ocean Spray

You may have heard or seen some confusing headlines about cranberries and their health benefits. As a cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers we want to set the record straight.

Cranberries work. Drinking an 8-ounce (240 ml) glass of cranberry juice a day can help reduce symptomatic UTIs and prevent additional UTIs. Let’s be clear however, cranberry juice will not cure an existing infection.

More than 60% of all women get at least one UTI in their life and a quarter of those will have a reoccurrence in the next six months. This isn’t news to the millions of women who suffer from recurring UTIs. In fact, thousands of women took to social media last month and got the topic trending on twitter. Their message was clear: UTIs affect their quality of life and more needs to be done to help them.

The fact that cranberries are a nutritional approach to maintaining urinary tract health is not exactly “new” news. It’s a health tip that has passed from mother to daughter and friend to friend for decades; but unlike other “old wives tales” this one has 50 years of well-documented research to support it.

Cranberry health research takes place at and in conjunction with some of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, McGill and Cornell. At Ocean Spray, we believe that public health is a shared responsibility among industry, government, academia, and NGOs, so we do our own research as well as fund outside research. That said, cranberries are one of the most researched fruits in the world and most of that research is not industry funded. In fact, in the last twenty years alone there have been 37 clinical studies and only 5 of them were fully industry funded.

What does this have to do with public health and antibiotic resistance?

In short, if consuming cranberry means fewer UTIs, then that means fewer antibiotics. Antibiotics are usually the first line of treatment for UTIs, and women who have frequent UTIs may be prescribed low-dose antibiotics. Unfortunately, chronic overuse of these drugs has increased antibiotic resistance at an alarming rate globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as one of the greatest challenges to public health today, and the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer said it could become a threat ‘greater than cancer.’

At Ocean Spray, we’re guided by the science. Last fall we made a commitment to spend $10 million over the next five years researching cranberry health benefits and the role cranberries can play in the global AMR crisis. The Ocean Spray Cranberry Health Research Institute will launch later this year and you’ll be able to learn more at a redesigned cranberryhealth.com later this month.

We want to be clear, if you have a urinary tract infection, you need to reach out to your health care provider for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. This will likely require antibiotics and depending on your personal situation may include cranberry products. At Ocean Spray, nothing is more important to us than the health and wellness of you and your family. Our promise to you is that we will continue researching this truly exceptional fruit and exploring how it can play a role in building a healthier world.

Sources can be found on cranberryhealth.com

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Cranberries: Una fruta que verdaderamente puede ayudar a reducir el uso de antibióticos.

Además de ayudar a los consumidores a cumplir con la ingesta diaria recomendada de fruta y ser una parte importante de una dieta balanceada, los arándanos cuentan con el respaldo de más de 50 años de investigaciones que sugieren que desempeñan una función esencial en promover la salud y el bienestar

Actualmente, recientes estudios demuestran que los beneficios del Cranberry pueden tener un impacto superior al considerado inicialmente. La buena noticia es que los resultados de un estudio sumamente importante publicado por el American Journal of Clinical Nutrition muestran que los cranberries pueden ser un abordaje nutricional para reducir las ITU sintomáticas, y como consecuencia, pueden resultar una estrategia útil para disminuir el consumo de antibióticos en todo el mundo. Estas son buenas noticias, ya que la amenaza mundial de la resistencia a los antibióticos sigue creciendo.

Para saber mas sobre el excepcional Cranberry, sus inigualables beneficios para la salud y por qué los investigadores creen que pueda ser capaz de reducir el uso de antibióticos a nivel mundial, explore las siguientes secciones.