Cranberry juice is made from tart berries that grow in colder areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Cranberry juice is high in fiber, magnesium and vitamins A and C. It creates higher levels of hippuric acid in the body, which may help prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the cells. It is often recommended to help prevent and alleviate symptoms of a urinary tract infection in women and children. There are alternatives to cranberry juice that can be taken or consumed as well.
Cranberry supplements that contain cranberry juice extract can be an alternative to drinking cranberry juice. The National Institutes of Health recommends taking one to six capsules of 300 to 400 milligrams twice daily by mouth.
Orange juice is also high in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, calcium and iron. It also contains folate and thiamin, making it a healthy and nutritious alternative to cranberry juice.
Pomegranate juice, like cranberry juice, is high in antioxidants. Both juices are high in antioxidants known as polyphenols that may have health benefits such as an improved immune system, protection against some bacteria, and possibly even cholesterol-lowering effects.
Nectar juice, such as apricot nectar, is high in vitamins A and B-6, as well as iron, beta-carotene and protein. Note that nectar juice has more calories than cranberry juice but is nutritionally similar.
References and ResourcesCranberry Juice: Growing Cranberries
Medline Plus: Cranberry
Ask Dr Sears: Juice
Mayo Clinic: High Blood Cholesterol