More than 400 researchers and students from around the world gathered
last week at the University of Buenos Aires for VI International
Conference on Polyphenols and Health. The conference has gained great
momentum as polyphenols - plant antioxidant compounds commonly found in
fruits and vegetables - have become the subject of great interest and
discussion as evidence of the compounds' whole body health benefits
continues to grow.
New findings presented last week at the University of Buenos Aires for VI International Conference on Polyphenols and Health point to the health benefits associated with polyphenol-rich foods like cranberries. For more information about how cranberries can be an important part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, visit www.cranberryhealth.com. (Photo: Business Wire)
The cranberry - a fruit with one of the highest polyphenol content among
commonly consumed fruits - was the focus of significant discussion
during the conference. "From in vitro to clinical evidence, there is
emerging data pointing towards the ability of polyphenol rich fruits
like cranberry to support heart health," said Dr. Johanna Dwyer, Tufts
University, who presented a review of evidence at the conference. "There
are opportunities to move this information forward and support the
dialogue that polyphenol rich foods like cranberries can be an important
part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle," she added.
Research into the benefits of polyphenols are bolstered thanks to the
experts in attendance at this year's conference, who have come to
present their findings on everything from the potential role of
polyphenols in cancer prevention to the established link between the
polyphenol and heart health. However, with more than 8,000 variations of
polyphenols in existence and so many benefits associated with them,
there is still much to be discussed and discovered.
Dr. Cesar Fraga, a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and
Conference Chair, hosted this year's event and brought the participants'
new discoveries and discussions to the Southern Hemisphere. More than
half of the audience at the conference was comprised of students from
across Latin America, who were eager to take advantage of the gathering
of distinguished experts and presentations of the latest polyphenol
research. With the number of attendees doubling Dr. Fraga's
expectations, it is clear that there is great interest in the region
However, beyond the conference and polyphenols experts, there is less
information and research in Latin America of these beneficial compounds
that are a critical component of the everyday diet. Polyphenols are
found in wine, tea and many common fruits. The cranberry, in particular,
is one of the most-studied and discussed fruits, due to its health
benefits and high polyphenol content.
In fact, one serving of cranberries contains a significant amount of
polyphenolic antioxidants, more than the amount found in one serving of
strawberries, broccoli, white grapes, bananas or apples.1 The
polyphenols found in cranberries may help reduce recurrent urinary tract
infections, especially in women2, help promote better
circulation3 and protect the body's cells and tissues from
In an effort to increase awareness of the health benefits of
polyphenols, Ocean Spray was a primary sponsor of the conference.
Researchers were invited to try a glass of delicious cranberry juice and
learn more about the super fruit's benefits. Ocean Spray® cranberry
juice products can already be found in more than a dozen countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean.
For more information about the whole body health benefits of
cranberries, visit www.cranberryhealth.com.
About Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural
cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in
the United States, Canada, and Chile who have helped preserve the family
farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now
the world's leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried
cranberries, and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice
category. The cooperative's cranberries are currently featured in more
than 1,000 great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries
worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry
receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to
managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees
and the environment. In fiscal year 2012, Ocean Spray posted record-high
gross sales of $2.2 billion and net proceeds of $338 million.
1 Bhagwat SA, Haytowitz DB, Holden JM. USDA Database for the
Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3.1, 2013. U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Nutrient Data Laboratory
Home Page: https://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docshtm?docid=6231
2 A randomized clinical trial to evaluate the preventive
effect of cranberry juice (UR65) for patients with recurrent urinary
tract infection. Takahashi S, Hamasuna R, Yasuda M, Arakawa S, Tanaka K,
Ishikawa K, Kiyota H, Hayami H, Yamamoto S, Kubo T, Matsumoto T. J
Infect Chemother. 2012
3 Novotny Janet A, Baer David J, Khoo Christina, Gebauer
Sarah. Low Calorie Cranberry Juice Reduces Risk Factors of
Cardiovascular Disease in Adults. Circulation. 2012; 126:A19732.
4 Eduardo Neri Ruz, et al. El jugo de arándano y su papel en
las infecciones de las vías urinarias. (Cranberry juice and its role in
urinary infections) Ginecol Obstet Mex. 2009; 77(11):512-7.
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