Antibiotics revolutionized health care in the 1920s and have ever since saved millions of lives from bacterial infections. Despite of its advantages, antibiotics are something of a double-edged sword. Overuse can lead to resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, which is self-evidently very dangerous. Berry lovers will be happy to know that a recent study suggests that cranberries help get rid of bacteria.
Cranberries are rich in polyphenols called proanthocyanidins. A recent study by Canadian McGill University and INRS Institute suggests that this magical compound makes bacteria’s life difficult. When bacteria enter a body, they co-ordinate their behaviour to avoid immune response and create an infection. Polyphenols of cranberries interrupt this bacteria’s ability to talk to each other and prevent them from spreading and becoming virulent. Quite clever!
While we look forward to further studies on cranberries, meanwhile we will enjoy even more of these berries during the flu season. Nordic berries still hide many secrets.
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