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Diuretic and Urinary Infection Fighter
Cranberry & Buchu Concentrate is a formula which helps to fight urinary tract infections. It also has a diuretic effect to eliminate fluid retention. Here are the main properties of these two herbs.
The cranberry is an all-American fruit. Known to the white man since the earliest New England colonies, the cranberry is believed to have been on the menu of the first Thanksgiving meal. For a long time, the cranberry was used as nothing more than a food source in the areas where it grew.
Eating cranberries really didn't catch on until the Civil War when, during the Thanksgiving of 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered that it be served to the troops at the siege of Petersburg. General Grant considered cranberry sauce to be a necessary part of Thanksgiving, and apparently his troops agreed. We have been eating them with our Thanksgiving turkeys ever since.
Early New England sailors discovered that if they ate cranberries, they would not contract scurvy. Except for scurvy prevention, nothing was known about the health benefits of the cranberry until the 1840s. German researchers then discovered that the cranberry caused people to pass hippuric acid in their urine, which supposedly killed bacteria along the urinary tract.
Later, at the turn of the century, American researchers thought that the cranberry acidified the urine, possibly preventing urinary tract infections. In the 1960s they changed their minds, believing that cranberries did not acidify the urine enough to make a difference. By then it was too late. Cranberries had already worked their way into the American consciousness and were there to stay.
Fortunately, researchers have not stopped studying the effects of cranberries. In fact, a recent study showed that most subjects showed significant improvement in urinary bacterial counts after drinking 300 ml of cranberry juice cocktail a day. Unlike past studies, the researchers in this study believe that the benefits of the cranberry are caused by an unidentified chemical that has the ability to keep bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder.
Taking cranberry in capsule form has the advantage of avoiding the refined sugar found in most commercial cranberry juice products.
Buchu’s main use is as a diuretic. It has been used in this capacity since the first Europeans settled South Africa. Because of its rue-like smell, the native Hottentots also use buchu as a perfume.
Buchu was introduced to Britain in 1821 and has since moved to the United States. Most of the plants are still grown in South Africa where the government exercises strict control over the gathering of the leaves in order to prevent destruction of the wild plants.
Dosage: Take one to two Cranberry/Buchu capsules with a large glass of water three times a day. Drinking ample amounts of water is essential to helping fight urinary infections.
Cranberry/Buchu can also be used to help prevent infection in individuals that are already predisposed to urinary tract infections. For this purpose a smaller dose could be taken, such as two or three capsules per day.
Cranberry & Buchu Concentrate (100 capsules)