What is Uva Ursi?
Uva Ursi is mainly known as bearberry because bears love to eat this fruit. How cool is that? For centuries, uva ursi has been used to treat urinary tract infections, especially by indigenous peoples. In most cases before the discovery of sulfa drug treatments and even antibiotics, uva ursi was the primary treatment for any illness relating to the bladder.
The Research Behind Uva Ursi:
After research had been conducted, chemicals such as arbutin and hydroquinone were found to be the main components of uva ursi. In addition, tannins were also found, which are known to help with reducing inflammation due to their properties of tightening mucous membranes.
However, those who choose to partake in ingesting uva ursi in whatever form should be cautious, as hydroquinone, a chemical found in bearberries, is known to cause liver damage. It may be safer to rely on safer, alternative treatments for an aggressive urinary tract infection.
One should note that there is a misconception that the plant's fruits are used for medicinal purposes; however, it is actually the plant's leaves utilized for these purposes. One should take uva ursi only for short periods-- no more than five days at a time and less than five times within twelve months. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider before ingesting uva ursi.
Nonetheless, uva ursi is an herbal supplement that may help with urinary tract infections and other urinary complications.
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