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Well known for its properties associated with the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections and stomach ulcers, the reduction of cardiovascular disease risk, protection against lipoprotein oxidation and its anticancer and anti-tumorigenic activity, cranberry has multiple nutritional and medicinal properties.

Linked to the presence of organic and phenolic acids, flavonols, polyphenols, pentacyclic triterpenoids, quercetin, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, this small red fruit seems to be much more than a simple fruit.


A Role for Intestinal Health Now Demonstrated

Knowing the individual impact of prebiotic fibres and probiotics on digestive health and the many benefits of cranberries, researchers were interested in the association of prebiotic fibres from this fruit on the colonization of probiotics. Therefore, a study was conducted to examine the prebiotic potential of cranberry fibre and to evaluate its fermentability with the probiotic strain Bacillus coagulant MTCC 5856. The administration of the LactoCran product designed by the Quebec company Fruit d’Or allowed researchers to do this analysis. The results of their work demonstrated that the symbiotic preparation LactoCran would have a real impact on the microbiota. Cranberry fibre (CSF) has been shown to be resistant to gastric acid and pancreatic enzyme hydrolysis and has also increased the number of probiotic bacteria B. coagulants MTCC 5856, thus showing interesting prebiotic activity. Cranberries therefore offer additional nutritional and functional advantages to those initially recognized because of the presence of dietary fibres, proteins, essential amino acids, fatty acids and nutraceutical proanthocyanidins contained therein. For more information…

Quebec company Fruitd’Or, Grande Québécoise BÉNÉFIQ 2018, presents Session 4 of the TOP Ingredients, Foods and Trends on October 3.