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- Nov 20 2017
Cranberry and Orange Juice: A Healthy Drink for Urinary Bladder Urinary Bladder
The urinary bladder is a hollow muscular organ in the pelvis, just above and behind the pubic bone. When empty the size and shape of the bladder is like of a pear.
In kidneys urine is made and travels down two tubes called ureters to the bladder. The bladder stores urine, allowing urination to be infrequent and voluntary. The bladder is lined by layers of muscle tissue that stretch to accommodate urine. The normal capacity of the bladder is 400 to 600 mL.
Cranberries are high in nutrient and antioxidant content. It lowers the risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more. Cranberries have high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs) which helps in reducing the adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract walls, in turn fighting off infections.
Cranberries have Polyphenols which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure.
Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin E. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radical. High fibre intakes lower the risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
Increased fibre intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity. Vitamin E may help in preventing chronic diseases associated with free radicals as it is fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune function.
One medium orange contains 80 calories, 0 gm of fat, 250 mg of potassium, 19g of carbohydrate as well as 1 gram of protein and it provides 130 percent vitamin C, 2 percent of vitamin A, 6 percent of calcium and 0 percent iron. Oranges also contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, selenium, copper, choline, zeaxanthin and carotenoids. Because of their high vitamin C content oranges are associated with boosting the immune system. An orange has over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids.
Those who ate citrus fruits most had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least. Oranges may help fighting the free radicals known to cause cancer.
High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1/2 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
- 2 cups orange slices (about 2 ripe oranges)
- orange zest (of 2 oranges)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup cranberry juice (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend them for about 60 to 90 seconds or until the mixture is smooth. Add more almond milk or ice as needed to achieve thickened consistency.
“Cranberry juice or the juice concentrates we find at the grocery store will not treat a UTI ore bladder infection. It can give more hydration and possibly wash bacteria from our body more effectively, but the active ingredient in cranberry is long gone by the time it reaches our bladder. Choose cranberries that have a dark red colour, are firm to the touch and void of wrinkles on the surface.”
Add them to your meals throughout the day like baked into muffins, added to a yogurt parfait packed with probiotics or topped on oatmeal.
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