Fruit d'Or Develops Cranberry for Oral Health Care; Debuts Oral Cran
QUEBEC, CANADA -- Reflecting its mission to take cranberry “beyond UTIs,” Fruit d’Or, the world’s largest grower and processor of cranberries, has launched Oral Cran, an ingredient expressly for the natural oral care market. The cranberry powder is specially formulated and processed as a branded cranberry ingredient for the oral health care industry.
Oral Cran contains all-natural, whole food cranberry powder, no preservatives or excipients. Oral Cran is organic, non-GMO and can be used by people of all ages to achieve long-term oral/dental health. Oral Cran is a healthy alternative to help fight against cavities, plaque buildup, gum bleeding and bad breath.
“It’s a beauty secret for healthy teeth. You can see the difference and feel the results over a couple of applications,” comments Stephen Lukawski, Director of Sales and Business Development.
Oral Cran which has a neutral taste is meant to be combined with toothpaste on the toothbrush for brushing teeth. Lukawski states that testimonials from others who are using the cranberry powder on their teeth has been very encouraging and most promising. He adds that he also brushes his own teeth with Oral Cran and has noticed “positive results as my gums used to bleed, which has now stopped. My teeth look whiter as stains have been reduced, and Oral Cran does not cause your teeth to turn red! My mouth feels cleaner and even my breath is fresher."
Studies show that bacteria issues in the mouth are related to heart disease and even linked to causing pneumonia. "Cranberry shows great promise in the protection of teeth and support against oral diseases from bacteria," Lukawski says. The PACs in Oral Cran act as scrubbing agents and reduce the biofilm, preventing bacteria from colonizing on teeth and gums.
Biofilm and Cranberry PACs
Biofilm may stay under the radar to produce chronic, low-grade infections, such as sinusitis, tooth decay, gingivitis or chronic urinary tract infection. They can lead to full-blown deadly infections, such as kidney disease or pneumonia. Periodontitis is a more severe biofilm infection of the gums beyond gingivitis. Biofilm formation is a key virulence factor for pathogenic bacteria in diverse environments. Dental caries and periodontal disease affect up to 90% of the world population, and are all biofilm related. Over 500 species of bacteria can be found in the mouth, some helpful and some not. Bleeding gums allow these bacteria to enter the bloodstream, linking oral infection to systemic problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other disorders. "Increasingly," Lukawski observes, "oral health is viewed as a good barometer for health in general. Both dental plaque and gingivitis involve biofilms on the teeth and near the gums, respectively."
The red pigments (proanthocyanidins or PACS) in cranberries have been shown to inhibit biofilm formation. PACs have been reported to possess antimicrobial, anti-adhesion, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. These unique flavonoids may play an important preventive role in oral infections as they have been shown to prevent the attachment of pathogens to host tissues, and can inhibit the formation of biofilms in the mouth. In one study, cranberry PACs inhibited adherence and biofilm formation by Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with gum disease, and markedly reduced its invasiveness. PACs reduced the proliferation and destructive activities not only of P. gingivalis, but also other pathogens in periodontal pockets. They also prevented adherence and biofilm formation by Candida albicans, the causative agent of thrush and many yeast infections.
By inhibiting attachment and biofilm formation, cranberry PACs prevent destruction of connective tissue in the gums. They also neutralize enzymes that destroy gum tissue. An extract from cranberry juice inhibited tissue-destroying enzymes made by bacteria and humans, even at the lowest concentration tested (10 mcg.mL). PACs also inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals (i.e., IL-6, IL-8, prostaglandin E2) produced by host cells. These cranberry-induced processes help protect against bone loss and promote gum integrity. Regular use of cranberry PACs would serve to reduce antibiotic use, and help prevent bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Cranberry PACs also prevented sugar-dependent biofilm formation on teeth (dental plaque) by the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, the major cause of tooth decay. They do so by inhibiting biofilm-forming enzymes, and keeping bacteria from aggregating. One human trial showed that daily use of a cranberry-containing mouthwash for 6 weeks significantly reduced levels of mutans streptococci in saliva. Protecting against cavities and tooth decay – despite consumption of sugary foods – would have an enormous impact on oral health in children and adults.
A recent pilot study, conducted by Canada dentist Dr. Hilary Rodrigues, showed that 33 of his patients who had bleeding gums all exhibited signs of improvement after brushing their teeth with Oral Cran.
“The success is indeed almost 100% positive,” reports Dr. Rodrigues. “The periodontal condition has improved and in all cases bleeding from the gums has ended. Swelling of gums was reduced, bad breath was eliminated and blue0tinged gums turned back to a normal pink colour.
Lukawski adds, “The results of this study are most encouraging and significant in moving forward to the next steps of doing clinical research.”
Part of the proceeds from ingredient sales will be donated to Oral Cancer Foundation. “Oral cancer is a deadly and silent disease,” Lukawski comments. “In addition, we are giving samples to industry members to try for themselves; email email@example.com.
About Cran Naturelle
Cran Naturelle is clinically studied 100% all natural whole food organic cranberry that is non-GMO, pesticide free, and contains no fillers, additives, or flow agents. Direct from the growers in Quebec the cranberry is planted ,harvested and dried by Fruit d’Or . Independent laboratory testing shows it contains the highest proanthocyanidin content of any natural cranberry ingredient on the market.
About Fruit d'Or
Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals is a global leader in organic processing and supply of nutraceutical cranberry and blueberry powders. The company positions itself as a next generation partner in advanced cranberry by providing cutting-edge innovation in technology and science. Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals engages in product development, research and a commitment to quality and safety to distinguish itself from the competition -- the company controls the quality from the seed to the field, from harvest to manufacturing to retail. This one-stop Canadian facility provides non-GMO, organic, state-of-the-art quality control, and traceability -- key factors to its and the industry's future growth and long-term success. Explore www.crannaturelle.ca.