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Cranberry - the new "Man-berry"?

Cranberry - the new Man-berry?

Everyday, we go through our typical reading of what's new in the industry: ingredient research, new products, industry news that affects us all, etc., and we periodically come upon some news we think is worth sharing with you.

So we've all heard of the benefits cranberries have for women, specifically with UTIs (urinary tract infection), but did you know that the little red berry may very well be beneficial for men as well?

There was a study done in the Czech Republic claiming that the protective benefits of cranberries toward urinary tract health may now extend to men's prostates.

According to the Czech scientists, after six months of supplementation with 1,500 mg per day of dried powdered cranberries, there were marked improvements in the International Prostate Symptom Score, 'quality of life' measures, urination parameters, and lower levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA).

"Our trial is the first to evaluate cranberry in the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) specifically in men with [benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)], elevated PSA levels and non-bacterial prostatitis," said researchers, led by Dr. Jitka Vostalova.

"Unlike currently used medication for prostatitis and LUTS, cranberry has no adverse effects. Our findings may assist men suffering from LUTS, and also their clinicians, to decide on a treatment that is both inexpensive and natural, like cranberry," researchers added.

To read more about the study, check out "The effectiveness of dried cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in men with lower urinary tract symptoms" published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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Source: British Journal of Nutrition

Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1017/S0007114510002059 "The effectiveness of dried cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in men with lower urinary tract symptoms" Authors: A. Vidlar, J. Vostalova, J. Ulrichova, V. Student,D. Stejskal, R. Reichenbach, J. Vrbkova, F. Ruzicka, V. Simanek