What Are the Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice?

What Are the Health Benefits of Cranberry Juice?

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Some research has found that cranberry juice may prevent infections, delay or reduce the severity of chronic disease, and prevent age-related oxidative damage. For most healthy people, cranberry juice is safe.
Cranberry juice can temporarily make conditions, such as acid reflux, worse because it is mildly acidic. Some people find that cranberry juice leaves an unusual taste in their mouth, or that it temporarily irritates gums and lips.

Research into the benefits of cranberry juice is mostly preliminary, but the antioxidant and antibacterial benefits look promising.

Most people can safely include cranberry juice in their diets, and they are adding a serving of fruit to their diet when they do so.

Six benefits of drinking cranberry juice

Potential benefits of cranberry juice include:
1. Fighting age-related damage

Cranberry juice may help fight age-related damage. Chemicals called free radicals accumulate in the body as people age. Free radicals cause oxidative damage. There is a link between oxidative damage and health issues, including:

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • digestive health
  • urinary tract health

Some of the chemicals in cranberry juice are antioxidants or compounds that fight harmful free radicals. The presence of antioxidants means that cranberries and cranberry juice might help fight age-related damage to the body’s tissues.

A 2011 study found that chemicals in cranberries promoted better antioxidant activity the lower their pH was. That study also found that the berries were significantly more potent antioxidants than cranberry juice, although cranberry juice still offered some benefits.

2. Improving heart health

Studies show that various ingredients in cranberry juice may improve heart health.

Cranberries are high in chemicals called polyphenols that may support heart health. A 2011 study of females with metabolic syndrome found that cranberry juice increased the antioxidants in the blood plasma. People who drank cranberry juice also had lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL is known as the “bad” type of cholesterol.

Another 2011 study found that cranberry juice could improve health in people with coronary artery disease. Mean carotid-femoral artery pulse wave velocity, which is a way to measure the stiffness of arteries, was reduced among the people in the study who drank a laboratory preparation of double-strength cranberry juice.

3. Treating or preventing urinary tract infection (UTI)

The antibacterial effects of cranberry juice were reported to reduce the incidence of UTIs in mice, according to a 2017 study in Frontiers in Microbiology.

The reduction of UTI incidence is thought to be due to the ability of antibacterial properties to reduce the colonization of Escherichia coli in the bladder. The bacteria, which is known better as E. coli, is the cause of most UTIs.

A 2016 study, reported in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed less bacterial infections in urine cultures from uncircumcised boys who drank cranberry juice and had previously had repeated UTIs compared to those who drank a placebo and those who had been circumcised who also drank the placebo.

The authors concluded that cranberry juice might be beneficial against the growth of bacterial pathogens.

4. Supporting digestive health

There is growing evidence that the phytochemicals contained in cranberries play an important role in digestive health.

Evidence for the digestive health benefits of cranberry juice, in addition to other benefits, was reported in a study from 2018 in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The paper noted that inhibiting the production of another bacterium called H. pylori in the stomach is thought to promote digestive health. The researchers also suggested further research is needed on cranberry juice.

5. Preventing infections

Studies suggest that cranberries may inhibit the growth of bacterial microbes. Some chemicals in cranberries may help fight viruses and bacteria.

A 2011 study found that cranberries inhibited the growth of seven bacterial microbes. The study did not assess whether cranberries or cranberry juice could prevent infection with these microbes in humans.

Similarly, a 2010 study found that cranberries could fight some viruses, including norovirus, which is a common cause of food-borne illness.

The authors of the study caution that more research is needed, but argue that cranberries might be a useful method of treating or preventing food-borne illness.

6. Supporting post-menopausal health

The risk of heart problems increases after menopause compared to the risk in all other groups of people of the same age.

A 2013 study investigated this phenomenon in rats that had their ovaries removed. Researchers found that daily cranberry consumption reduced total cholesterol, suggesting cranberry products might be useful dietary supplements after the menopause.

Side effects of cranberry juice

Some research has found that cranberry juice may interact with certain medications. One concern is that cranberries may intensify the effects of a blood thinner called warfarin.

Research on other drugs is less consistent. Preliminary research, however, suggests the possibility of interactions between cranberries and:

  • cyclosporine
  • flurbiprofen
  • diclofenac
  • amoxicillin
  • ceflacor
  • midazolam
  • tizanidine

People taking these drugs or any other medications should talk to a doctor before using cranberry juice. It may be necessary to monitor the doses and effects on medications rather than avoiding cranberry juice entirely.


Cranberry juice is safe for most people and has several potential benefits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting fruit juice intake in toddlers and children and advises against giving babies juice. Parents who want to add cranberry juice to their children’s diet should, therefore, only do so in small quantities and should not give them other juices.

People should choose varieties that are not from concentrate, with no sugar added, to get the most out of cranberry juice. Alternatively, a person can consider making fresh cranberry smoothies at home by putting cranberries in a blender with other ingredients. Adding a sweet fruit, such as an orange, can help it taste sweeter.

As with any diet change or supplement, people should talk to a doctor or dietitian first.

Contributor: Zawn Villines-Medical News Today

Why You Are a Pimple Popping Fanatic

Why You Are a Pimple Popping Fanatic

Why You Are a Pimple Popping Fanatic
You may know that it is not a good idea, but you somehow find yourself doing it anyway. A large number of people can’t resist the urge to pop, scratch, and dig at pimples – their own and even other peoples. Dermatologists warn us against this kind of behavior that can lead to permanent scarring. This is because pimple pus is not easily extruded, and popping can force the pus deeper into the skin, spreading inflammation that results in pitting and scarring. So, who are these people that can’t resist a good pimple-popping session and why do they find it so necessary to pop?

Social media superstar doctor spreads the love of popping

There is even a social media celebrity popper doctor, who goes by the name “Dr. Pimple Popper.” Dr. Sandra Lee has made a career out of her obsession with popping. She extracts all sorts of things including whiteheads, blackheads, and even cysts to the delight of her patients and a massive social media following who “get off” on watching her do her work.

Why you might pick your pimples

According to Val Curtis, a professor, and director of the Environmental Health Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, there are a group of people who are highly sensitive to what he calls “external parasites and disgust.” These people can’t bear the sight of pimples on other people’s skin. It is this underlying feeling of disgust that causes “pickers” to go after pimples to get rid of the cause of disgust.

Why you might want to pop other people’s pimples or watch pimple popping videos

According to Carolyn Korsmeyer, a professor of philosophy at the University of Buffalo and author of Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics, humans are oddly attracted to a number of experiences that can cause unpleasant emotional or physical reactions. Things like sad songs and horror movies are just a couple of examples. Paul Rozin, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania added that roller coasters and spicy peppers are also on the list. He said that we seem to get pleasure out of the fact that our body is telling us no, but we know that the particular thing is not harmful.

Strangely, people seem to want to push the boundaries of their adverse reactions such as with the scariest roller coaster or the hottest pepper. Rozin says that people take pleasure in the mind-over-body aspect of this behavior.

Curtis also adds that humans are attracted to aversive experiences such as watching videos of pimples being popped. These experiences allow us to experiment with our emotions and push ourselves to new limits – which many people seem to enjoy. It is almost like people want to test themselves to see how much grossness they can take before they have to turn away.

Also, humans are curious creatures by nature. We wonder about what gross stuff will shoot out of a pimple – either one we are popping or watching being popped. The human body is full of gross stuff that is tucked neatly under our skin, but we get a first-hand glimpse at some of this grossness when a pimple is popped.

Preparing yourself for future challenges

One way to look at your interest in watching Dr. Pimple Popper’s videos is to think about it as preparing your body for future shock and awe experiences that you might face. Your interest to pop and watch popping in action may come from a natural and helpful instinct to condition yourself for future experiences you may face. It is kind of like picking your nose. Yes, it’s gross, but everyone does it at one time or another. I doubt that anyone can say that they have never popped a pimple or watched a pimple being popped!

How about you, are you a pimple popping fanatic?

Contributor: AlternativeDaily.com

Your Kid May Need More Hugs, Experts Say. But There Are Right and Wrong Ways to Give Them.

Your Kid May Need More Hugs, Experts Say. But There Are Right and Wrong Ways to Give Them.

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There’s just something about a hug.
After a child has a hard day of feeling alone and stressed, it seems like a hug from someone they love could be just the cure.

It’s not just a feeling, experts say. Evidence shows it’s important to our well-being at every stage of life.

“Good contact helps soothe the nervous system and plays an important role in regulating emotions,” said Lisa Damour, an Ohio-based clinical psychologist specializing in the development of teenage girls.

In a time of abrupt changes and prolonged uncertainty, it could be argued that many children and adults need hugs now more than ever. The access to soothing physical affection, however, has been shrinking as people keep their distance from one another to keep safe from Covid-19.

“The challenge is that children, and then especially adolescents, get a lot of comfort from the physical contact with their peers,” said Damour, author of “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.”

“Physical wrestling, bumping into each other, sitting close — that has not only been reduced by the pandemic because of our expectations of kids to keep a good distance, but it has also been policed.”

Damour added, “Rather than get relief, they get correction.”

Without as many playdates, sports and opportunities for community contact, many children could be getting the physical comfort they need from their immediate families, Damour said. But not every family has the same culture around hugs, and with so many things to worry about in this pandemic, families could be missing signs that their children need a little extra warmth and affection.

While hugs are important to a child’s well-being, it’s also crucial to make sure your kids understand they have ultimate say over their body, clinical psychologist Lisa Damour said.

Bringing hugs into your home

When former educator Suzanne Barchers’ son was very young and would start to throw a tantrum, she would grab a book and pull him onto her lap to read. He might not have known exactly what he needed or had the words to say it, but the physical contact with his mother helped address his emotional needs.

“By four, he would stop when he was starting to go into a meltdown and say, ‘Mom, I think I need a book,'” said Barchers, an author of educational books for children and a member of the Educational Advisory Board at Lingokids.

A family’s culture around hugs as well as a child’s personal preferences can influence how best to bring more comfort into your home.

“Some children are more comfortable seeking affection. Other children are really looking for people to pick up on their cues and signals, like when they might be distressed or frustrated,” said Sheri Madigan, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of child development at the University of Calgary in Canada. “A really important ingredient in children feeling safety and security is actually just having people attend to those cues.”

One way to start and attune to your child’s cues is to ask questions.

“It is as simple as saying, to younger kids, ‘Do you want to cuddle?’ And make it clear that you will take no for an answer. No hard feelings,” Damour said. “For teenagers, especially if they are hurting, I think it is great to say, ‘Can I give you a hug?'”

But just as children differ in how they communicate their need for affection, they also can differ in what kind of affection they want — and the appropriate adults in their lives can still meet their emotional needs in creative ways.

It might be a little love note in their lunch box, cramming on the couch for a move or climbing into a blanket fort together, Barchers said.

Hugs should be for them, not others

One of the most important components of good, helpful physical affection is ensuring that it’s driven by the child — not just a hug because the parent or caregiver wants one, Damour said.

“It will have the opposite effect of what we would want for kids,” Damour said. “Rather than the physical affection being comforting and reassuring, it becomes anxiety-provoking.”

That is where reading a child’s cues comes in, Madigan said. If you can see your kid feeling stressed or upset, it may be time to build their emotional vocabulary and offer up affection rather than impose it.

“Getting eye to eye in terms of contact and just saying, ‘Hey, how are you doing? Is there anything I can do to help?'” Madigan said.

Empowering children’s bodily autonomy is important to make the hugs you give now effective and calming, but also to encourage their ability to alert inappropriate and unwanted affection for years to come, Barchers said.

“I think it’s a conversation that should be held in a comfortable setting, where a parent says, depending on the age of the child, ‘What do you feel comfortable with?'” Barchers said. “We don’t want to scare the children, but it is worth a conversation to say, ‘What is a good hug? What is a bad hug?'”

Respecting other people’s bodies

In teaching children that others should respect their bodies, opening up conversations about hugs can also help them navigate respect for those of their peers.

Before the pandemic, children might have run up to their friends on the school playground on a Monday and pulled their friend in for a hug. Some families may be getting more comfortable hugging those outside their households, but would-be huggers should be mindful that others may still be cautious or have higher-risk conditions.

And with masks used widely in many places, the facial expressions that before might have indicated that a hug is welcome aren’t so clear, Barchers said.

In place of visual cues, Barchers recommends parents and caregivers help their children develop verbal cues, normalizing asking if a hug is OK and offering verbal affection if it’s not.

While there are obstacles to physical affection as Covid-19 lingers, offering one another appropriate forms of comfort is crucial, the experts said, and adults can take a lead in making children feel safe and loved.

Contributor: Madeline Holcombe, CNN

The #1 Cause of Subcutaneous Fat, Say Experts

The #1 Cause of Subcutaneous Fat, Say Experts

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Here’s how to manage this important fat

Visceral fat (a.k.a. belly fat) is a particularly dangerous type of body fat with a number of health risks. But excess body fat anywhere is not good news. Subcutaneous fat—the type of body fat that lies under the skin, which you can grab or pinch—can also be excessive and cause problems. What causes subcutaneous body fat? And how do you know if you have too much of it.

  1. What Is Subcutaneous Fat?
    There are two kinds of body fat: Subcutaneous and visceral (abdominal fat that lies under the muscle). Although visceral fat is more dangerous—it’s associated with more severe health outcomes—”the nature of the cells themselves—there’s only a slight difference. So a fat cell in the visceral space, like within the abdominal cavity is similar in function and form to the fat cells on the outside of the belly, the type that you can pinch and jiggle,” says metabolic disorders expert Dr. Benjamin Bikman on Jesse Chappus’ Ultimate Health Podcast, “but the fat cells in the visceral space are much more lipolytic. So at any given moment, they’re burning, they’re releasing and breaking down fat at a much higher rate than fat cells in the subcutaneous fat tissue. So to put that another way, the body is always more determined to break down visceral fat than this subcutaneous fat.”

    Both types of fat contribute to overall body weight, after all, and therefore overweight or obesity.

    A new study published this week in JAMA Network Open underlines that: Researchers found that having excess body fat (both subcutaneous and visceral fat) may increase your risk of reduced cognitive function. “Strategies to prevent or reduce adiposity [body fat] may preserve cognitive function among adults,” the researchers wrote.

  2. The #1 Cause of Subcutaneous Fat

  3. The amount of subcutaneous fat you have is largely determined by genetics. But one contributor to the development of subcutaneous fat is excess glucose consumption, said Dr. Bikman. He pointed to studies where subjects were given drinks consisting of glucose and fructose; the fructose group tended to put on more visceral fat, while the glucose group put on more subcutaneous fat.

  4. What Is Glucose?

  5. Glucose is the main source of blood sugar. It’s formed from all the food we eat and is the main source of energy for the body. When overall blood glucose levels are chronically too high, the body can become resistant to insulin, the hormone that helps the body’s cells utilize glucose for energy. Over time, diabetes can develop.

    Carrying too much visceral and subcutaneous fat has other risks, too, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and dementia.

  6. How to Reduce Your Glucose Consumption

  7. Glucose is the simplest carbohydrate there is—it’s a monosaccharide, formed from one sugar. So a good way to reduce your glucose consumption is to cut down on foods with added sugar, refined grains, processed foods and fast foods.

  8. How Do You Know If You Have Too Much Subcutaneous Fat?

Specialized tests can measure your levels of subcutaneous fat. But you can tell if you have too much subcutaneous fat if your clothes are starting to get tight and your weight is creeping out of a healthy range. Generally, you’re at increased risk for health problems from excess body fat if your waist measures more than 35 inches if you’re a woman, and more than 40 inches if you’re a man.

Consuming more calories than you burn, and being too sedentary, are both associated with greater storage of subcutaneous fat. Experts including the American Heart Association recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, ideally spread throughout the week.

Excessive stress is also a risk factor: Stress causes the brain to produce elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that tells the body to hang on to fat.

Not getting enough sleep can also lead to weight gain and increased fat storage. Poor sleep can throw the body’s levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin out of whack. They control how hungry you get, and how full you feel once you’ve eaten. When those levels are disturbed, it can be easier to overeat. So stay on top of these issues, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest.

Contributor: Michael Martin: Eat This, Not That!