Description of Cranberry Extract Standardized, 90 Vegetarian Capsules, NOW Foods
Cranberry has become an essential element in the promotion of sound urinary
tract health. Maximum Strength Standardized Cranberry Extract from NOW is naturally
rich in powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins (OPC's). These OPC's discourage
harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. If ignored,
these bacteria can lead to the formation of a hostile environment prone to infection
and unhealthy bacterial growth.
Serving Size: 3 Vcaps
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates 1.5 g <1%
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%
Sugars 0.5 g
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (Fruit) 1.0 g (1,000) mg
(Standardized to min. 6% Quinic Acid and min. 7% OPC's)
Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) (Leaf) 300 mg
(Standardized to min. 20% Arbutin)
Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) 45 mg
(Standardized to min. 90% Total Polyphenols)
As an herbal dietary supplement, take 3 Cranberry Vcaps daily.
Free of: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin (potato), Silica, Magnesium
Stearate (vegetable source) and Cellulose.
Cranberry Extract Clinical Strength FAQ
Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) a common problem?
UTI is a common infection that effects more women than men. National Kidney
and Urological Diseases Statistics for the United States of America show that
between the years 1988 and 1994 an estimated 34% of adults 20 years old and
up (61 million) self reported having at least one UTI. More recent statistics
also state that up to 60% of women will suffer a UTI sometime in their life
with one third of them experiencing a recurrence during the following year.
What causes these recurring UTIs?
Infectious bacteria enter the opening of the urethra and begin to multiply and
the infection begins. Unless immediately removed the bacteria migrate upward
causing a bladder infection and if left untreated the infectious bacteria will
cause more serious disease to the ureters and the kidneys. E.coli is the bacteria
responsible for about 80% of UTIs in adults. The high rate of recurrence may
be partly due to antibiotic resistant strains of E.coli formed by overuse of
antibiotic medications in this country.
How does Cranberry help support urinary tract health?
Cranberries contain compounds that have the ability to prevent E.coli bacteria
from sticking to the surface tissues of the urinary tract thereby short circuiting
the infection process. It was once believed that Cranberries mechanism of action
was limited to acidifying the urine thereby actually killing bacteria. Recent
scientific studies suggest that there's more to Cranberry than just
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine 339:15, 1085-1086,
1998 has shown that certain tannins found in Cranberry juice called proanthocyanidins
(OPCs) are actually responsible for inhibiting E.coli bacteria from adhering
to the surface of the urinary tract thereby preventing infection by allowing
the bacteria to be suspended in the urine and flushed down the drain. NOWs Clinical
Strength Cranberry contains 1 gram of Cranberry solids per serving which has
been shown to be an effective dose for UTI prevention.
What's the purpose of the Uva ursi and the Grapeseed extracts?
Uva ursi contains called arbutin that releases an anti-microbial substance that
may kill some E.coli bacteria. Grapeseed is high in polyphenols and adds to
the OPC content of this formula.
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