Cranberry: botanical image of the cranberry plant


Vaccinium oxycoccus

Family: Ericaceae

Bio-Live: Cranberry is a key herb in Bio-Live Kids.

Description: A small evergreen shrub with vine-like branches, growing to 2m (7ft) in height. Leaves are rubbery and lance-shaped. The flowers appear both as singular or in clusters, pink to red in colour. The fruit is red, juicy and sweet.

Habit and cultivation: Grows in the cooler more temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere, preferring moist, wet soils. Grows well in full sunlight or partial shade.

Actions (known for): Anti-oxidant, diuretic, cardio tonic and anti-microbial.

History: The name derives from the German kraanbere, mentioned by a missionary in the mid-1600s. Native Americans have used it both as a dye and a food source, and it was first recorded in a Pilgrim cookbook with a recipe for cranberry sauce. Today 95% of cranberries are made into juice and sauce.

Parts used: Ripe berry.

Constituents (bio available chemicals): Polyphenols including proanthocyanidins, flavonols and quercetin.

Nutritional constituents: Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K. Minerals: manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

Indications: Urinary tract infections, heart disease and tonic, cancer, may enhance B12 absorption.

Dosage: 200-400mg tablet twice daily. 225ml of pure unsweetened cranberry juice 3 x daily.

Cautions for therapeutic doses: kidney insufficiency.


Join our journey - Sign up and receive 10% off your first order

You’ll also be the first to hear about our latest products and promotions as well as finding out more about the fascinating world of microbes.

Newsletter Signup Sidebar - recaptcha

Share This