You may have heard that drinking cranberry juice helps ward away urinary infection you heard it right! Now comes more good reasons to drink up – a new study finds that the juice can lower the risk of heart disease for people with high cholesterol, reducing the risk of gum disease, ulcers, and cancer, and provide antioxidant benefits. It seems that modern science has finally caught up with the cranberry. For decades grandmothers and naturopathic healers have prescribed cranberries for a number of ailments. This is no surprise since these little red bombshells are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fibre. But there is more to them than just vitamins. Cranberries contain hippuric acid, which has antibacterial effects on the body, as well as natural antibiotic ingredients. Cranberries also contain plant pigments called bioflavanoids which help repair damaged molecules formed when the body uses up oxygen. Research in Europe has shown that anthocynin, one of these bioflavanoids aids the formation of visual purple, a pigment in the eyes instrumental in color and night vision.Three glasses per day raise good cholesterol by 10%, which in turn decreased the risk of heart disease by 40%. The antioxidant benefits were noticeable with just one or two glasses a day. Antioxidants are dietary substances that in small amounts will slow or prevent the oxidation process. This means they can help prevent or fix damage to your cells. They may also lower your risk for cancer or infection and improve how your immune system functions. In addition to cranberry juice, dried cranberries contain antioxidants, more than most fruits. Grape juice is also a good source (though not as good as cranberry juice). The bottom line: Drinking anywhere from one to three glasses a day of cranberry juice provides health benefits. The antioxidant effects of cranberry juice may last for seven hours. All the findings confirm recommendations that more fruit and vegetables be part of your everyday diet. But don’t over do the juice! Drinking too much fruit juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities (dental caries), diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems, such as excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Children especially, as their bodies are smaller for the amount of juice ingested. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate, which you can buy in a health-food store for Cranberry juice – at least the ordinary variety – is full of sugar and water, with only some of the real juice. The high sugar content may actually encourage the growth of bacteria and yeast.???