(NaturalNews) A fresh review of previously compiled literature on the healing power of cranberries once again affirms that drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements is a great way to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, the updated findings have the potential to change the mainstream approach to preventing and treating UTIs, that is if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not censor the truth.
Dr. Chih-Hung Wang from National Taiwan University Hospital and his colleagues reviewed 10 earlier studies on cranberries for their new study. These studies collectively included 1,500 participants, all of whom were given either daily cranberry products, a cranberry-free placebo, or nothing at all. And at the conclusion of each study, rates of UTI were evaluated amongst the various groups.
In some of the studies, participants took as little as a one-gram capsule of cranberry as part of their daily treatments, while others drank as much as 200 grams of cranberry juice a day for their treatments. Some participants also took both cranberry capsules and juice, while others took just one or the other.
Overall, it was observed that there was a 38 percent reduction in UTI rates among participants taking some kind of cranberry product, compared to participants taking no cranberry product at all. And particularly among women with a history of UTI, those who took a cranberry product were nearly 50 percent less likely to develop an infection than when they were taking no cranberry product.
"What this is doing is solidifying what has been folklore for quite some time," said Dr. Deborah Wing, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) who was not involved in the study, but who has been studying urinary tract infections for quite some time. "Finally, the science is catching up to what our mothers have been telling us for so many decades."
FDA prohibition of health speech will keep millions in the dark about cranberries
The findings of the cranberry review are remarkable, as they scientifically reinforce what many of us have known for quite some time about this amazing fruit. But because the FDA prohibits the dissemination of truthful, scientific information about the health benefits of food, millions of Americans will likely continue to remain ignorant about how cranberries, as well as a host of other natural foods, can improve their health and prevent disease.
As many NaturalNews readers will recall, the FDA has, on several occasions, gone on a censorship rampage to stop companies from publicly sharing the health benefits of various foods. In 2005, for instance, the FDA sent warning letters to 29 companies that market cherries, warning them that they could not reference any valid science in their marketing materials that explained how cherries reduce inflammation and essentially cure arthritis. (http://www.naturalnews.com/019366.html)
The FDA did the same thing in 2010 to walnuts, threatening the Diamond Foods company that if it did not stop telling its customers about how walnuts can help lower bad cholesterol levels, prevent stroke and heart disease, and even fight cancer, among other things, that the agency would basically shut the company down. (http://www.lef.org)
We expect nothing different from the FDA concerning cranberries, as the agency bizarrely considers any food that has health benefits attached to it to be a drug, at least when the company growing, marketing, or selling said food is the one making the claims. Fortunately; however, the natural health community is still free to spread the truth, as is NaturalNews, and we fully intend to continue spreading this truth far and wide to all who will listen.