Both the crushed berries and the juice have a long history of medicinal use. Native American Indians have traditionally eaten cranberries as a food, as well as consumed them to support bladder and kidney health.
Cranberry fruit is commonly used to help with symptoms of cystitis (a urinary tract infection), as well as a source of antioxidants that contributes to the maintenance of good health.
Cranberries possess anti-adhesion properties which help reduce the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract. This helps to reduce the adherence of bacteria to the urinary tract.