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Therapeutic Opportunities in Your Cranberry Sauce

Maria Thompson on November 27, 2013
Therapeutic properties in cranberries

Scientist advocates creativity in science and we support new models of research innovation. We’ve added turkey to our innovation arena and have highlighted where therapeutic development joins the Thanksgiving table.

So as you fill your plates with turkey don’t forget to make room for the cranberry sauce. Cranberries are more than just a tasty side! These wonderful little berries are ripe with biologically active compounds that may prevent infection, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.1 Antibacterial compounds present in cranberries prevent E. coli from attaching and initiating infection. Importantly, the compounds inhibit quorum sensing between bacteria and act as potent inhibitors of biofilm formation. Cranberries contain higher levels of A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), while other berries show higher levels of the B-type PACs. Cranberries are also high in antioxidants, which protect against cancer. Natural products are a rich source for therapeutic development. Visit Scientist’s natural product page to identify sources for natural product purification, analysis, or use a natural product library in your next screening project.

Happy Thanksgiving from Scientist!

  1. Blumber et al, Cranberries and their bioactive constituents in human health. Advances in Nutrition. 2013 Nov 6;4(6):618-632.