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From: (Steven B. Harris )
Subject: Re: Help!!!! Bladder infection.......
Date: 23 Sep 1995

In <43ur8h$> (Jamell
Acree ) writes:

>In <43uj2o$> (MackayR) writes:
>>Cranberry Juice.  Drink lots.  Works most of the time.  If it doesn't
>>clear, be sure to see your doctor.
>>Mackay Rippey, M.Ac., L.Ac.
>I bought a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-apple Juice and found it is
>loaded with sugar!  I don't mind a little sugar, but it is too sweet.
>Do you know of a brand that has no sweetners?

   Ocean Spray makes the juice without sugar, for diabetics and such.
They are the only company that does.  Call the number on the bottle and
ask for mailorder directions.  Warning, one taste will prune your face
permanently.  If you wear long earings, people will mistake you for a
venician blind.

   You can get cranberry juice extract also in capsules.  It is assumed
to have the same good stuff as the juice, but nobody has proved this,
so far as I know.

                                             Steve Harris, M.D.

From: (Steve Harris
Subject: Re: Cinnamon / insulin action / glucose intolerance
Date: 10 Jan 2004 14:39:34 -0800
Message-ID: <>


Anthocyanidins are the colors in ripe berries like blueberries and
cranberries. It's already known that they positively influence glucose
tolerance: for example see

Where insulin levels were halved (p < 0.05) by cranberry extract, as
compared with placebo. I'm told that OceanSpray maintains a small
output of (yow-- sour!) sugar-free cranberry juice output for a small
group of puckered up diabetics who drink it and swear by it.

The cinnamon results are all along this line, but if I had diabetes
I'd be eating cranberry extract instead.


ironjustice@aol.comdoe (doe) wrote in message
> J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Jan 14;52(1):65-70.  Links
> Isolation and Characterization of Polyphenol Type-A Polymers from
> Cinnamon with Insulin-like Biological Activity.
> Anderson RA, Broadhurst CL, Polansky MM, Schmidt WF, Khan A, Flanagan VP,
> Schoene NW, Graves DJ.
> Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory, Beltsville Human
> Nutrition Research Center, USDA, ARS, Bldg 307C, Rm 223, Beltsville,
> Maryland 20705-2350, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, ARS, USDA,
> Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350, Food Composition Laboratory, Beltsville
> Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA, ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
> 20705-2350, and Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental
> Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-9610.
> The causes and control of type 2 diabetes mellitus are not clear, but there is
> strong evidence that dietary factors are involved in its regulation and
> prevention. We have shown that extracts from cinnamon enhance the activity of
> insulin. The objective of this study was to isolate and characterize
> insulin-enhancing complexes from cinnamon that may be involved in the
> alleviation or possible prevention and control of glucose intolerance and
> diabetes. Water-soluble polyphenol polymers from cinnamon that increase
> insulin-dependent in vitro glucose metabolism roughly 20-fold and display
> antioxidant activity were isolated and characterized by nuclear magnetic
> resonance and mass spectroscopy. The polymers were composed of monomeric units
> with a molecular mass of 288. Two trimers with a molecular mass of 864 and a
> tetramer with a mass of 1152 were isolated. Their protonated molecular masses
> indicated that they are A type doubly linked procyanidin oligomers of the
> catechins and/or epicatechins. These polyphenolic polymers found in cinnamon
> may function as antioxidants, potentiate insulin action, and may be beneficial
> in the control of glucose intolerance and diabetes.
> PMID: 14709014 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

From: David Rind <>
Subject: Re: UTIs: SOGC approves cranberry-lingonberry juice
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 17:59:43 -0400
Message-ID: <caiior$k0i$>

Sarah Vaughan wrote:
> In message <>, Kim E.
> <> writes
>> One time I got UTI symptoms on the weekend and couldn't see the Dr til
>> monday - so I drank literally gallons of cranberry juice and water,
>> and by the time of my dr appt i had no UTI.  I asked the Dr if he
>> believed that cranberry juice could cure UTI's and he snickered
>> dismissively and said, "Well, you'd have to drink gallons of it to do
>> anything."
> There isn't any real evidence that it can cure UTIs - the evidence is
> that drinking it daily (or, to be more exact, drinking a mixture of
> cranberry and lingonberry juice) can help prevent them.

I think this falls under the absence of evidence isn't evidence
of absence axiom.

I don't know of any clinical trials that have looked at whether
cranberry juice can cure a UTI, since we generally have safe,
rapidly effective treatments for UTI. As such, there isn't much
interest in performing a study like this.

But cranberry juice does seem to affect bacterial adherence, and
is effective in preventing recurrence of UTIs, so it's not hard
to imagine it might cure UTIs some percentage of the the time.

David Rind

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