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Cranberries Show Benefits Beyond Urinary Health To Prostate

Cranberries are best known for their ability to improve urinary tract health but a recent, first of its kind study found that their health benefits may now also extend to prostate protection for men.

Researchers from Palacky University in the Czech Republic conducted the study and published their findings in the September 2010 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers recruited 42 men with an average age of 63 who were at risk of prostate disease. Half of the participants were given 1500 mg daily of a patented cranberry powder called PACran for 6 months and the remaining participants were given a placebo.

The scientists used the “International Prostate Symptom Score” to determine changes in prostate health among the participants. They found that participants given the PACran powder showed improvements in levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) which is commonly used to diagnose prostate cancer and track its progression after its diagnosis.

The researchers noted that these findings are very promising as the current medications for prostate cancer and urinary tract infections often have adverse side effects whereas cranberries have none.

Cranberries are also very promising beyond their potential for prostate protection. They are packed with beneficial natural vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and antioxidants. These compounds in cranberries have been shown to have the ability to provide a long list of health benefits including protection against heart disease, UTI's, cancer and inflammatory diseases. These properties make concentrated cranberry extracts like PACran very beneficial to your health.

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