We found that NDM inhibits adhesion of oral bacteria to tooth surfaces and as a consequence reduced the bacterial load that causes cavities in the mouth, says Prof. Ofek. And after a clinical trial, we formulated a mouthwash based on cranberries which was patented by Tel Aviv University.
From Mouth to Midsection
But Prof. Ofek wasnt content to stop at cavities. Working with Prof. Ervin Weiss and Prof. Zichria Rones at Hadassah Medical and Dental School, he found that NDM inhibits the flu virus from attaching to cells and prevented experimental flu infections in animal models.
Most recently, Prof. Ofek collaborated with Dr. Haim Shmuely, a resident physician at the Beilinson Hospital and lecturer at Tel Aviv University, to find that cranberry also inhibits two-thirds of the unhealthy bacteria that clings to gastric cells, which lead to ulcers.
The results were very interesting, says Prof. Ofek. Cranberry helped reduce the load of this bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, in the gut. In combination with antibiotics, it reduced repeat ulcers from approximately 15 percent to about 5 percent.
The one drawback to this research is that it only holds true for women, showing once again cranberrys affinity for the female. The whole thing with cranberries seems to be female-oriented, admits Prof. Ofek.
He continues, The take-home message is that God created this fruit with a polyphenolic material. We still don't know its chemical formula, but it seems to target a fraction of bacteria and viruses.
Today, a cranberry research team comprised of scientists from across Israel, and headed by Professors Ofek and Weiss, are investigating the berry's healing powers. Recently, it was found that cranberry NDM may also act as an anti-cancer agent. The scientif
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