Super Berries are the new black

Tue, 2019-08-20

If you have been following our blog posts, you might be familiar with the concept that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are common and pesky condition to have. So, how do we go about treating UTIs?

Generally, UTIs are treated using antibiotics. However, research has shown that, aside from maintaining a healthy diet and practising proper hygiene, regular consumption of edible berries – like our black raspberries and aronia berries – may also help with prevention and treatment of UTIs[1].

Berries are generally a treasure trove of natural chemicals which are good for our bodies[2]. Specifically, our aronia berries contain anthocyanins[3],[4], which are antioxidants that are commonly found in nature. Anthocyanins are associated with urinary tract health, among many other benefits. These anthocyanins prevent bacteria (such as E. Coli from our gut) from latching onto the walls of the urinary tract, leading to an increased resistance to UTIs. In addition to reduced chances of developing a UTI, anthocyanins are also responsible for a lower risk of certain cancers and improved memory retention.

Aside from their medicinal properties, berries can also be part of a healthy diet. Our Aronia Berries (available in the form of juice) are high in vitamins C and E. They are also good sources of potassium, which reduces the risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

With all these benefits, these berries are honestly quite easy to include in your diet! Consider our black raspberry juice or vinegar, for example – a glass before or after dinner is all it takes to lower the chances of many ailments. We also recommend Aronia Berry juice as well, which has a rather dry feeling in the mouth, but it offers great health benefits!

All in all, urinary tract health is very important in order to avoid impeding our daily routines. After all, it would be difficult to focus on anything if nature calls a few times an hour! As such, if you add our berries to your diet, you might be able to avoid the hassle of developing a UTI altogether, and with additional health benefits to boot!

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and should not be considered as medical advice.

  1. Nile, S. H., & Park, S. W. (February, 2014). Edible berries: Bioactive components and their effect on human health. Nutrition, 30(2), 134-144. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2013.04.007
  2. Gruenwald, J. (2009, March-April). Novel Botanical Ingredients for Beverages. Clinics in Dermatology, 27(2), 210-216. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2008.11.003
  3. Nicolle, L. E. (2001, March). Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term-Care Facilities. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 22(3), 167-175. doi:https://doi.org/10.1086/501886
  4. Jurikova, T., Mlcek, J., Skrovankova, S., Sumczynski, D., Sochor, J., Hlavacova, I., . . . Orsavova, J. (2017). Fruits of Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa in the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. Molecules, 22(6), 944.