Statins have severe adverse effects, yet they are standard method of treatment used to treat millions with hardening arteries. Health experts suggest a much easier and natural route...cranberries. Two glasses of cranberry juice a day protects against the development of hardening of the arteries, according to a new study by scientists at the Mayo Clinic and College of Medicine.
Previous research has also shown that cranberry juice helped relax blood vessels clogged with high blood cholesterol and narrowed by atherosclerosis, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Recent results published in the European Journal of Nutrition indicate that cranberry juice may reduce the number of endothelial cells that produce a compound called osteocalcin, which has been linked to hardening of the arteries.
The link between cranberries and urinary tract health is well established, and linked to its proanthocyanidin (PAC) content. In 2004 France became the first country to approve a health claim for the North American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) with at least 36mg of proanthocyanidins (PAC) to "help reduce the adhesion of certain E. coli bacteria to the urinary tract walls", and subsequently fight urinary tract infections (UTIs).
The participants were randomly assigned to receive either two glasses of a placebo beverage or double-strength Ocean Spray light cranberry juice for four months.
European Journal of Nutrition