Cranberry Complete Concentrate®

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$15.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 30 Days
Form 1 Capsule
Base Herb Raw dried Cranberry fruit
Potency 200 mg
Quantity of Extract 200 mg
Size 90
Standardized Constituent 18% total organic acids, including 5% quinic acid
Structure Function Reference Urinary

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Cranberry Complete Concentrate®

Urinary tract infections, bladder infections, anti- bacterial...the list of Cranberry benefits goes on.


Complete Concentrates Cranberry is made without any additives or fillers and contains only natural Cranberries. Compare that with any other Cranberry on the market and we think your choice will be simple.

Directions:

Take 1 capsule 3 times daily.

Ingredients:

200 mg of Cranberry fruit extract (standardized to 18% total organic acids including 5% quinic acid) in an active base of 200 mg raw dried Cranberry fruit.  Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsules and water.

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Botanicals for Bladder Health

The holiday season is officially upon us and, as we look forward to a day of thanks and feasting with family and friends, we will be taking part in traditions that trace back to the 1600′s and the first celebration of Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims in what is known today as modern-day New England. In giving thanks for a plentiful harvest it was here that a practice of a table full of delicious fare was born and we follow in a similar celebration today.

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The holiday season is officially upon us and, as we look forward to a day of thanks and feasting with family and friends, we will be taking part in traditions that trace back to the 1600′s and the first celebration of Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims in what is known today as modern-day New England. In giving thanks for a plentiful harvest it was here that a practice of a table full of delicious fare was born and we follow in a similar celebration today.

While historians believe there was no turkey or cranberry sauce present at the first Thanksgiving meal, these foods have become something we look forward to every year. This year President Obama will pardon a turkey and save it from the dinner table in hopes of the bird enjoying a healthy life (a long-standing and light-hearted occasion from the White House). Let us help you enjoy a healthy life by sharing with you some of the benefits of cranberry.

 

Did you know cranberry and red raspberry leaf and power herbs to help with urinary tract and bladder issues

Did you know some Native American tribes dried the berries and strung them into necklaces and also used them as a form of currency in some tribes

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) may be a recent star on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s been a benefit medicinally for hundreds of years in American folk medicine. As a common remedy for complaints of urinary tract issues, cranberry has made a name for itself in the homes of most Americans. You may have heard that drinking a glass of cranberry juice can ease the symptoms of a UTI (urinary tract infection) or ease an over-active bladder but drinking the sugary stuff may be causing more harm than good. Sugary foods and drink rank at the top of foods to avoid if you are experiencing issues with your bladder or urinary tract because of the aggravation they can cause to any discomfort you are already feeling. While cranberries alleviate symptoms (like the burning sensation during urination), you must consume raw cranberries or unsweetened juice in large quantities to ease your complaints.

Cranberry Complete Concentrate

Because cranberries stop bacteria from lining the walls of the urinary tract, these naturally grown berries are beneficial for anyone suffering from a UTI or bladder issues, as well as for those individuals looking to maintain bladder health or avoid chronic bladder issues.  It is the only standardized cranberry extract that is all herbal, and is made without harmful solvents, excipients, or flowing agents. Another benefit of taking Kroeger’s Cranberry Complete Concentrate® is that it’s high in antioxidants and can sweep free radicals from your system while supporting proper circulation. Learn more about antioxidants and heart health in this beneficial blog post.

If you’re already experiencing issues with your urinary tract or bladder or signs of burning or irritation, this is your body giving a signal of infection. Also consuming a lot of fluids throughout the day in great volume and drinking too much fluid over a short period of time can overwhelm your bladder and cause an increased sense of urgency.  Some people experience lax muscles with age or after pregnancy and there are natural herbs such as red raspberry leaves that can help restore muscular tone.
There are additional steps you can take this holiday season to ensure you’re on the right path to good health. While the chill of fall and winter make a fire more inviting so too are casseroles and pie, wine for celebrating and feasts for all occasions. Here are some foods to avoid or enjoy in moderation to help keep your urinary tract and bladder strong.

  • Alcohol: Whether it’s wine, beer, champagne, or liquor, alcohol interferes with our brain’s ability to signal when it’s time to “go” and causes confusion in your system – especially if you’re already struggling with a UTI or overactive bladder.
  • Sugary or “Energy” Drinks: Because sugar and caffeine can aggravate an already irritated bladder or urinary tract you should avoid carbonated sodas and drinks high in sugar content. Additionally, energy drinks are often called so because of high caffeine content. Caffeine is a known irritant to the bladder and can wreak havoc. Avoid these types of drinks whenever you can.
  • Rich Dairy: While the specific cause is unknown, rich cheeses or dairy products are a “bladder baddie” and should be skipped if you’re struggling with bladder or urinary health.
  • Spicy Foods: Some like it hot and some just should NOT! Spice (whether from peppers, wasabi, or your spice rack) can irritate the lining of the bladder and urinary tract. If you’re struggling with a bladder infection or warding off a UTI, avoid the spice for your own comfort and health.

There’s so much to be thankful for as we gather around tables nationwide with family and friends. Being choosy with your holiday meals can ensure good health this holiday season and beyond. We all like to indulge now and then, especially during festive events, but keep in mind the comfort you can achieve with a proper diet and supplementation and make this holiday season your healthiest yet!

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Understanding Herbal Extracts

Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

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Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn't add any flowing agents to the berry!

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn’t add any flowing agents to the berry!

Aren’t all Herbal Extracts Natural? Unfortunately most companies use harsh toxic solvents in the extraction process such as acetone, denatured alcohol, or hexane which are not natural. When herbal extracts are created with these solvents, their purity is stripped and the potency of the herb is affected. What makes Complete Concentrates so different is that through a water (or in the case of Milk Thistle and Echinacea, water and food grade alcohol) extraction process, no solvents are introduced and you’re ingesting a product that is safe and toxin-free.

Do Solvents Evaporate off Herbs During Extraction? Solvents do evaporate from the herbs but there may be a residue left. Think of it this way: Imagine eating spinach soaked in nail polish remover (a common solvent in herb extraction) then letting it dry…would you want to eat it? Now imagine eating spinach soaked in water and allowing that to dry. Is the water soaked spinach more appealing to eat? Many of the solvents used in extraction methods are toxic not only to people but also the environment.  Add to the list of frustrations with solvents, unlike excipients or fillers they are not required by law to be listed on labels and companies who use these toxins want to keep it that way.

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger's Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

What are Excipients? After the extraction process herbs are liquid and are often sticky, posing a problem when a company wishes to encapsulate the herb. The easiest solution to this problem is to add a carrier substance for that liquid to be sprayed on. These carrier substances, or excipients, add another ingredient to the label for companies that choose to use them (like magnesium sterate or maltodextrin). In the case of Kroeger’s Concentrates, the liquid extract is sprayed back onto the herb which has been through the extraction process or on fresh herb so that nothing new is introduced to the product.

What do Flowing Agents Do? During encapsulation, especially with sticky herbal extracts, some companies prefer to add flowing agents to absorb excess moisture and speed up the capping process. While this saves production time costs, many flowing agents are synthetic and dilute the extract while adding further ingredients to your label. Look for the addition of rice, wheat, corn, whey, or other powdered substances; these flowing agents are not needed and are negatively impacting the potency of the herb.

What is a Filler? What do Fillers do? An average capsule has room for about 350-500 milligrams of herbs. Using only extracted herb is excessive and expensive so to cut corners, many companies add ingredients to the capsule to fill space. While some of these ingredients (rice powder for example) may have some sort of nutritional value, if a company is touting the purity of their concentrated products, there is no need for a filler to be included.

What does Full Spectrum Mean? Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates are a full spectrum product which means that the constituents of the herb are present in their natural ratios. When a concentrated herb is full spectrum, all of the constituents are concentrated at the same percentage.

If you have any other questions about Kroeger’s line of Complete Concentrates, let us know! We’re happy to share any information we can and hope you see now why this line of concentrates is superior to other products on the market. Paying attention to labels and understanding what methods were used in creating an herb is just as important as knowing what ingredients are going into your system.

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How to Support Your Bladder by Cutting Out Irritants & Incorporating Herbs

Bananas, yogurt, and cranberries might seem to be the delicious and healthy beginnings for a smoothie but they are also three foods that can support bladder health. The most common bladder complaints can be kept in check with a healthy diet, exercise, and the use of mild herbs. Overactive bladder, UTIs, bladder stones, and incontinence can be addressed in a natural way. Here’s how.

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Bananas, yogurt, and cranberries might seem to be the delicious and healthy beginnings for a smoothie but they are also three foods that can support bladder health. The most common bladder complaints can be kept in check with a healthy diet, exercise, and the use of mild herbs. Overactive bladder, UTIs, bladder stones, and incontinence can be addressed in a natural way. Here’s how.

Avoiding Bladder Irritants

If you have been struggling with bladder issues and want to get to the root of the problem, you need look no further than your diet. While it may seem like a good idea to consume fluids throughout the day at a great volume, drinking too much fluid over a short time can overwhelm your bladder and cause an increased sense of urgency. If you are going for a run outside in the summer or working in your garden, when thirst hits it’s satisfying to take in gulps of water all at once and while drinking quickly satisfies severe thirst, it puts an amazing strain on your bladder. Try taking smaller sips when you’re thirsty and spacing your daily recommended 64 ounces of water out throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic suggests drinking about two 8-ounce glasses of water at each meal and one 8-ounce glass between meals.

Just as too much fluid is hard on your bladder, so too is not drinking enough fluids. The function of the bladder is to collect all of the urine from the kidneys before it is eliminated through urination. If you are not drinking the proper amount of fluids in a day, this can lead to increased concentrations of bodily fluids. If your urine is dark yellow and has a strong smell you should take the time to properly hydrate. Concentrated levels like this can irritate your bladder and increase the urge and frequency with which you feel the need to urinate.

Food and drink play a big role in bladder health and bladder irritation. Acidic fruits and fruit juices (primarily citrus), spicy foods, tomato-based items, caffeinated beverages, alcohol, sweeteners (artificial or not), chocolate, and vinegar make up a majority of the irritant list. We all know that moderation is key and that enjoying doesn’t mean indulging, especially if you already suffer from one bladder complaint or another. If you have chronic issues with your bladder it might be a good idea to cut these items out and try to eat a very simple and clean diet for a week to see if you’re feeling better.

Supporting Your Bladder with Diet

Just as there are foods to avoid, there are foods you should reach for daily to support your bladder’s function (and make a delicious smoothie). Cranberries are probably the food that come to mind quickest when you’re considering bladder health but don’t be fooled into thinking that cranberry cocktail will help solve bladder woes. “Cocktail” is just another way of saying sugar juice and if you load up on the sweet stuff you are, more than likely, making your symptoms worse. Go for a concentrated capsule equivalent to drinking 8 cups of cranberry juice with no additives. Bananas are another fruit that can help to keep your bladder healthy in several ways. As an excellent source of potassium and fiber, bananas support the strength of the bladder and help to fight off infections. If you are prone to UTIs try adding at least a half banana into your daily diet and note the improvements. The final ingredient from our smoothie is yogurt which promotes bladder health with its concentration of beneficial bacteria. While yogurt won’t provide immediate relief from bladder complaints it will help to keep your bladder healthy in the long run; the bacteria found in yogurt may work to lessen your chances of bladder cancer by a significant number of percentage points.

Herbs to Support Bladder Health

Hanna understood the power of herbs and wanted to be sure that healing and relief could be had whenever possible. For bladder infections Hanna recommended Marshmallow Root to address the infection as well as the pain and burning that occurs when urinating.  

We like Kroeger’s ready-made Marshmallow Root tincture but also have organic bulk available if you wish to make your own.  Learn how to make your own healing oils and tinctures. Hanna created Bladder vibropathic for bladder health and it is often used in conjunction with the Kidney Works Kit. Because the kidneys and bladder are in close proximity and work together, it is important that the health of both be considered. Other products to support the bladder or address complaints include Christopher’s Bladder Formula to strengthen the urethral canal, kidneys, and bladder; Bladder Cleanse from EnerHealth which is designed to maintain good urinary health and may be helpful with urinary infections; and Bladder Incontinence from King Bio which provides fast relief of involuntary urination, frequent urination, burning when urinating and associated back pain.

Other Tips for Bladder Health

Your weight does play a role in how your bladder functions and feels. Extra weight can take a toll on the bladder and other urinary structures (not to mention other organs like your heart) as it weakens and stretches the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments that support your bladder. If more fat means less muscle then you are losing your ability to involuntarily operate the muscles in your bladder that hold accumulated urine. Keep your weight in check for the benefit of your entire body, not just your bladder.

As we age our bodies change and this can cause issues with our bladders. For men, prostate gland enlargement is common but can cause some bothersome urinary symptoms and, if left untreated, can block the flow of urine from the bladder and cause bladder, urinary tract, or kidney problems. For prostate health look into the benefits of American Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, and Men’s Special. Each of these products promote a healthy prostate and are beneficial to men age 30 and up. For women the drop in estrogen levels not only impacts heart and bone health but has also been linked to bladder and urethra issues. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence have been associated with menopause as well as an increased rate of UTIs. Check out our Menopause Section of the website for our favorite picks on natural products that can address this fluctuation of estrogen.

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