Cranberry Juice, the Refreshing Body CleanserCranberriesCranberry is a fruit belonging to the same family and genus as the Blueberry. This fruit belongs to the plant family of Ericaceae and the Genus Vaccinium. Cranberries grow in places where blueberries grow too. They can be found as wild shrubs in Northern Europe, Northern Asia, and North America. They can also be cultivated on low trailing vines atop soft, naturally waterlog ground called bogs or sandy bogs. When cranberries are ripe, they are shiny, scarlet-red colored and have a tart tangy taste. Cranberry season lasts from October to December. These are the best months to pick fresh and ripe cranberries which contain the highest levels of beneficial nutrients.Cranberries are sometimes named as "bounceberries" because ripe ones bounce. They have also been called "craneberries" due to the fact that their pale pink flowers look like heads of the cranes.Cranberries are widely known for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Recent studies today are suggesting new health benefits of cranberries including promoting gastrointestinal and oral health, regulating levels of cholesterol in the body, assisting in the recovery from stroke and reducing our risk of cancer.Cranberry Juice And Its Health BenefitsOne of the best ways to get the nutrients and experience the benefits of cranberries is by juicing them. Cranberry juice is made by pureeing, crushing or blending cranberries. Because of their unique tangy and tart flavors, they blend well with other fruits and can be mixed with other fruit juices. They can be combined with oranges, apples, pineapple or pears. Honey or maple syrup is a common addition to cranberry juice as it adds extra sweet flavor to the juice.Cranberry juice is acidic in nature that’s why it is diluted with water and sweetened with sugar to make it more easily drinkable. It has been used as a prevention and treatment of Urinary Tract Infections – it has been proven and tested that cranberry juice prevents blocking of urinary catheters, deodorizes urine and heals skin around stomas. Juice also has some anticancer, antifungal and antioxidant properties.How Cranberry Juice Treats UTIThere are two mechanisms on how cranberry juice treats urinary tract infection. First it was believed to acidify urine and kill the bacteria that cause the infection. Later on, they discovered that cranberry juice is more effective in preventing and reducing the attachment of bacteria to the epithelial cells which line the urinary tract. Hence, infection is eventually prevented and even stopped.Simple & Fresh Cranberry Juice RecipeMakes 8 serving or 1 quart of fresh, ice cold cranberry juice and is done in 35 minutes which includes chilling time.Ingredients:2 quarts water8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries1-1/2 cups sugar1/2 cup lemon juice1/2 cup orange juiceInstructions:Prepare fresh cranberries by washing them off gently with running waterPlace cranberries in a saucepan filled with enough water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until berries begin to pop.Using a fine strainer, strain mixture while pressing with a spoon. Throw away drained berries.Return cranberry juice to the pan. Add sugar, lemon juice and orange juice while constantly stirring. Bring mixture to a boil; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.Remove from the heat. Cool. Transfer to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Cranberry Juice Nutritional Facts1 cup of cranberry juice (approximately 95 grams)Vitamins:Vitamin C : 12. 6 mgRiboflavin: 0.019 mgVitamin B6: 0.054 mgVitamin A: 57 IUThiamin: 0.: 0.096 mgVitamin K: 5.1 mcgVitamin E: 1.20 mgMinerals:Calcium: 8 mgMagnesium: 6 mgSodium: 2 mgPotassium: 81 mgIron: 0.24 mgZinc: 0.10 mgPhosphorus: 12 mgBeta carotene: 36 mcgFats Total Fat Content: 0.12 gPolyunsaturated : 0.052 gMonounsaturated: 0.017 gCholesterol : MacronutrientsWater: 82 gProtein: 0.37 gSugar: 3. 84 gCarbohydrates: 11. 59 gThe good thing about cranberry juice is that it’s also rich in Vitamins C, E, K and A, calcium and phosphorus and contains zero cholesterol.Other Known Benefits of Cranberry JuiceDetoxifying Agent/Body CleanserSince cranberry juice aids in the urinary process, drinking 3-4 glasses of it for a period of 4-5 days is believed to eliminate marijuana and related weeds out of the body system. It means our body is cleansed naturally through urination with the help of this refreshing drink. Another thing drinking cranberry juice regularly may help you with is detoxifying your body and improving skin and hair quality.Help our Bones Grow StrongerBecause cranberry juice is an excellent source of calcium, drinking this regularly may help our bones grow stronger. This helps reduce the risks of developing osteoporosis, especially for women.Cranberry Juice And Possible Side EffectsBecause cranberry juice has a great reputation in treating urinary tract infections, people had mistakenly assumed that it is useful in getting rid of kidney stones as well. The truth is, researchers in 2005 had proven that cranberry juice does not help people with kidney stones, in contrary, it even contributes to the stone formation. Cranberry juice is rich in calcium and vitamin C which are very helpful for the body yet these nutrients are the precursors of oxalates, the main ingredient of kidney stones. Calcium oxalate is the substance found in foods such as coffee, nuts and chocolates. An actual experiment was conducted with 20-24 respondents who were asked to drink a liter of cranberry juice per day for one week and a liter of water each day in the next week. Their urine samples were tested at the end of the week and it was seen that the content of calcium oxalate increased on an average by 18%. This led the researchers to conclude that kidney stones formation in adults may be fostered by drinking cranberry juice.