Scientists are consistently exploring new ways that cranberries may impact and influence human health. With a database of almost 900 studies and growing, The Cranberry Institute’s Health Research Library collects and collates research abstracts. The database of abstracts may be searched by category or by any keyword you choose. In addition, you may also browse through abstracts by year. Here is a snapshot and links to the complete database for each key area of investigation.
Urinary Tract Health and Antibacterial Benefits
The role of cranberries in promoting a healthy urinary tract has been investigated for decades. Surprisingly, the findings are not limited to the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs); they include data in special populations from children to post-surgical, animal-models, in vitro and with a variety of products, extracts and supplements as treatment.
Cardiovascular Health & Anti-inflammatory Benefits
Hyperlipidemia, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are among the most important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, thus, are frequently studied. Cranberry and its polyphenolic compounds have been assessed to see how they may attenuate these risks. In addition, the impact of cranberry ingestion on markers of inflammation have been explored.
Glycemic Response and Type II Diabetes
Managing glycemic response and insulin sensitivity is an important area of research for diabetes prevention and treatment. It is also strongly related to cardiometabolic health and the risk of metabolic syndrome. Scientists have pursued cranberries as a potential advantage in prevention and treatment because they are a potent source of polyphenols.
Cranberry juice is a popular beverage with many health benefits. Because of its anthocyanin content, it is important to evaluate its pharmokinetic interactions with medications. Scientists have studied the clinical relevance for potential interactions with a variety of drugs.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Research on the role of cranberry’s bioactive constituents on cancer inhibition has been published. The mechanisms explored include cellular death induction via apoptosis, necrosis and autophagy; reduction of cellular proliferation; alterations in reactive oxygen species; and modification of cytokine and signal transduction pathways.
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