Editors: Rad Komissar, Anna Linde
July 02, 2019
Part 1. Preface (renewed on December 23, 2019)
Why did I live without diseases on the raw meat/fish zero carb (MFZC) diet for more than 3 years and then all of a sudden I decided to write about cranberries – a plant which seemingly does not belong on the ZC diet? Before I answer let me note that cranberries can be just a small additional part of MFZC diet. You can choose if you use them or not. That’s your choice. Cranberries are an optional part of MFZC diet.
Now let me explain why cranberries are a good addition to MFZC diet at least for some people:
- I knew that some wild carnivores eat sour berries including cranberries.
- I never let go of a fond memory, the time when cranberry juice stopped my 2 months of exhausting suffering from diarrhea, during my adaptation period to the raw MFZC diet.
- I felt quite good when I drank cranberry juice on other raw diets tested before the raw MFZC diet (a long time ago). Unfortunately, at that time I didn’t drink cranberry juice regularly because it is very sour. I prefered to regularly drink sweet blueberry, raspberry or strawberry juices or just eat whole berries. Now, I regularly drink cranberry juice only and can compare its effects with those of juices from other berries. I cannot say that I felt worse after consuming the juices of other berries. But I can confidently say that cranberry juice is much better than all the other juices. Cranberry juice gives me some surprising benefits which juices of other berries never could. I wrote about these benefits further down in part 3 of this article.
4. I read many articles about different benefits of cranberries.
If we build a simple model of the raw MFZC diet, we can see:
a) Meat is the main source of the carnivore diet that supplies protein and fat.
b) Fish is mainly a natural supplement on the carnivore diet which supplies essential trace minerals and vital fatty acids, including Omega-3.
c) What is “c“? The experience of carnivores and some people on the raw MFZC diet shows a necessity for the addition of some natural remedy. Wild carnivores actually found and ate this natural remedy i.e., sour berries for a long time now. So “c” is the natural remedy or medicine which supports, heals and additionally maintains a carnivore’s body balance while on the carnivore diet.
Many wild carnivores eat a small number of sour berries (cranberries, barberry, etc.) during the berry season. They eat them not because they are hungry or the sour berries are their food choice. They eat them because sour berries are simply their natural remedy providing them better health with many benefits. Bears, for example, eat their last in-season cranberries before hibernation to free themselves from internal parasites: https://www.3vozrast.ru/article/dosug/sreda/12882/.
Also wolves, coyotes, foxes, etc. eat cranberries if they have this possibility.
Workers of some fur-producing farms were compelled to get ferrets to eat some sour berries in their natural diet which is obligate-carnivore. Without sour berries, ferrets could easily become ill and die.
In fact, wild carnivores have been instinctively consuming a small number of sour berries at least for millions of years, therefore, today this peculiarity is genetically embedded into the carnivore’s makeup in the same way that eating meat and/or fish has been. Usually, they eat the number of berries which they feel is enough for them to solve their health problems.
Seasonal sour berries are a natural lifelong remedy for carnivores, giving them better health. Of course, they would prefer to have better health year-round, but they don’t have this possibility.
Sometimes some carnivores may eat bitter and toxic grasses if they harbor many parasites. Also, carnivores may eat fruits or sweet berries if they are hungry but they do not eat them as a remedy.
Humans are similar to carnivores in many ways. For example, see this table:
Humans have a unique ability to freeze sour berries for storing purposes and eat them the whole year long. Similarly to carnivores, humans can thrive on meat and/or fish and can definitely eat sour berries as well to thrive even further and have better health the whole year.
Berries have a unique set of nutrients. The nutrients are present in their unique and proper proportions, no more no less. Even frozen berries keep all its nutrients in the right ratios. Hence, it’s better not to use man-made cranberry-based supplements consisting of improper proportions, or dry cranberries.
Part 2. The Characteristics And Benefits Of Cranberries (renewed on September 12, 2019)
Berries begin their life tart, to discourage animals from eating them before their seeds are mature. Then, when the time is right, most berries become sweet to entice hungry animals to munch upon them, but not so with cranberries. Cranberry bushes do not use animals to spread their seed; they use water! Cranberries are very light and contain inner air pockets. When cranberry bogs flood, or if the ripe buoyant berries fall off the cranberry bush, they simply float away with the current in hopes of being deposited on a distant bank. They don’t need animals to help them reproduce, so by itself they don’t need animals to help them reproduce, so they don’t need to go through the trouble of sweetening their fruits: https://www.diagnosisdiet.com/cranberries/. This article has also mentioned a review and some unclear trials that didn’t find the cranberry is strong enough or found negative side effects from the consumption of cranberries. The most probable reasons for that is using nonorganic cranberries or/and added sugar in the trials. Nonorganic cranberries or sugar lack some of the necessary healing qualities and can even be damaging to health.
Out of all the fruits, cranberries have one of the lowest quantities of sugar. All berries produce sugar to attract animals. But also they defend themselves by producing toxic substances in order to decrease the predator’s appetite and to prevent itself from being entirely eaten. Cranberries, however, don’t require sugar or the need to form a comprehensive defense mechanism of toxic substances to prevent predators from eating them because they don’t rely on animals to help them reproduce. Instead, cranberry uses water of the bog for its reproduction purposes. Therefore, cranberries maintain the lowest necessary number of toxic substances under their defense to prevent being eaten by herbivores. Carnivores don’t eat the leaves or not ripe cranberries having the green color as their remedy.
The description of many positive cranberry benefits proving cranberries are great for our health are in these 3 articles:
https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/cranberry-health-benefits-dark-side-of-cranberry-farming/?fbclid=IwAR2Bhr-1Wi2XKs9g0KlzN5rXZPoA5s5k5aBokhrxSlndObHoruz53ZCxFyw and http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=145
Cranberries, when they are consumed on a regular basis:
- are one of the top antioxidant foods
- have anti-inflammatory benefits
- may protect against many chronic diseases
- can help to prevent urinary tract infections
- provide support to the immune system
- lower the frequency of cold and flu symptoms
- can help to prevent and fight cancer
- are one of the best foods to cleanse the liver
- can prevent Alzheimer’s disease https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-10-21-cranberry-extract-prevents-alzheimers.html
Native Americans used cranberries to fight wound infections. Cranberries have been used for food for a long time. Native people in North America were eating cranberries before the Pilgrims or other settlers from Europe arrived. They mixed dried meat and cranberries to make a high energy food called pemmican. Pemmican could be stored and carried on the trail for a long time without spoiling http://www.espsciencetime.org/Cranberries.aspx
Likewise, cranberries have some anti-parasitic capabilities according to the experiences of bears (see part 1 of the article).
Absence of sugars and strong healing abilities of cranberries give them advantages if compared with other berries. Sugars make other berries more tasty and attractive but change and diminish their healing power inside the human or animal bodies.
These attributes are totally valid and work only if you use ORGANIC cranberries: https://qz.com/844309/cranberry-sauce-on-thanksgiving-the-dark-history-behind-americas-obsession-with-cranberries/. Nonorganic cranberries have toxic pesticides: http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/food.jsp?food=CA In many cases, nonorganic cranberries will not help with much of anything or produce favorable results due to their relatively high toxicity.
Part 3. Using Cranberry Juice For Humans (renewed on February 04, 2020)
If you are healthy, eating organic, fatty grass-fed meat and fatty wild sea fish caught in clean ocean water (for example Alaskan salmon), you probably may not use cranberries as a remedy because your metabolism is already perfect. If not, cranberries can help you to balance metabolism and in healing and be your prophylactic home remedy. Also cranberries can be a refreshing remedy’s addition to your less than ideal food.
Humans can improve the convenience of using cranberries significantly, the carnivore’s very old and natural remedy. We can prepare moderate portions of cranberry juice and drink it regularly throughout the entire year for healing and prophylactic purposes and for additional maintenance of the body’s balance. If you compare the amount of cranberry juice you may drink in a day with the daily consumption of pure water, the juice is consumed in relatively smaller amounts.
Usually, water has low mineralization and it is structured by minerals dissolved in water. The ability of water to change its structure due to the influence of dissolved substances has been known for a long time. However, not everybody knows, understands or applies this knowledge. You may use this knowledge to prepare water soluble home remedies or medicines with distilled water, using relatively fewer dose requirements. You should find the appropriate dose personally for yourself, according to its action on you. For some people this appropriate dose can be very low. It’s especially valuable for people who are still compelled to use toxic medicines.
Distilled water doesn’t have any dissolved minerals and it is unstructured. When you blend and dissolve cranberries in distilled water it becomes structured again and obtains a structure, including all the water-soluble substances of cranberry. This means if you use distilled water, you need fewer cranberries to obtain the same effects from the juice.
From the beginning of June 2019, I started a long-term test of freshly prepared organic cranberry juice which consisted of highly blended, ripe cranberries and distilled water. I drank the juice 1- 2 times a day about 20-30 min before my meat or fish meal. Every time I blended, I would use about 5-15g of frozen cranberries in approximately 150-200 ml of distilled water in a powerful, high-speed blender that can blend cranberries into a liquid suspension. I made several tests and found that this amount of cranberries and water can be quite good for me. For you, the number of berries may differ and may even be very low. For example, you may need just 1-4 berries or grams in approximately 150- 200 ml of water when you first start. Cranberries blended with distilled water are a strong remedy even with a low concentration of cranberries. After drinking your freshly made cranberry juice use water to rinse your mouth. If you feel thirsty, you may drink approximately 30-50 ml of distilled water before and after you drink the juice.
I wanted to understand all the possible positive and negative (short and long term) effects of cranberry juice on my body so I can observe how cranberries will influence my physical, emotional and mental health.
Cranberry juice is not a tasty beverage, but it is quite an effective and supportive sour remedy, having many benefits (see part 2 above), one of which is the ability to stop short or long term diarrhea according to some of my reader’s experience and my own as well. When you regularly start to drink cranberry juice, you may experience more difficulty defecating or some constipation, especially in the beginning stages. If these inconveniences don’t adjust during the next 3-4 days, decrease the concentration of your cranberry juice i.e., the number of cranberries you are using to make the juice. Also, it’s a good idea to decrease the concentration of your juice if you have ulcers, gastritis or begin to experience any negative effects from cranberry juice. When you become accustomed to the juice, you may increase the concentration of the juice to gradually find your optimal healing and prophylactic dose.
The juice, meaning the distilled water solution of highly blended cranberries can be a stronger remedy, unlike whole cranberries.
In some rare cases, you may have an allergy to cranberries that can go together with allergies to other fruits. Actually, the allergy is a disease indicating a serious disbalance of many body functions, including the hormonal disbalance acquired by the consumption of hormonal foods.
Therefore, you should first heal all your allergies by eating proper food for quite a long time and only after attempt cranberry juice again to reap its benefits.
During the time of testing, I didn’t have or notice any negative after-effects except during the period of adaptation to cranberry juice in search of my optimal dose. My physical, emotional and mental health did not get worse and there were even some improvements:
– Now my nose is wetter inside. Before it was dry while on the raw MFZC diet. A slightly wet nose inhibits dust better on its way to the lungs.
– My joints become more flexible.
– I feel better in general and more refreshed after drinking cranberry juice.
– My sleep is deeper now.
– Eating meat or fish after drinking the juice gives me better concentration and clarity of mind.
These improvements and the absence of any negative after-effects of drinking organic cranberry juice in proper for me concentrations for about 2 months can be quite enough to include this juice as an effective, permanent, regular and everyday addition (or remedy) to my raw MFZC diet.
I’m pretty healthy yet I nevertheless have some improvements in my health with the help of cranberry juice. People who still have diseases and health problems will definitely see improvements in their health by drinking cranberry juice regularly in addition to their food intake because the cranberries have many great benefits (see part 2 above).
One of my readers who is on the raw MFZC diet began drinking cranberry juice regularly about a month later than me. He informed me that cranberry juice:
– helped stop his long term diarrhea almost entirely
– sped up his detox reactions on the raw MFZC diet and lowered his heart rate
– helped end his heart palpitations upon waking in the mornings
– stopped the ongoing pain that persisted in the area of the stomach where his gastritis would flare and also eliminated burping (together with the raw MFZC diet)
– helped him feel better in general
– made it easier for him to walk and withstand heat
– allowed him to sleep deeper
If you are generally healthy, simply find the minimal optimal dose of cranberry juice that gives you noticeable increasing of flexibility in joints, deeper sleep, better concentration, further clarity of mind and wellbeing in general or other positive changes. If you are not healthy, be more prudent in finding your optimal dose (see information above).
If you don’t have allergies to cranberries, the benefits of the cranberry juice in practice permit me to recommend drinking cranberry juice every day during and after the adaption period for people who just started on any carnivore or close to a carnivore diet. The juice can make the adaption period much easier. See part 4 in Article 2 .
In general, a freshly made organic cranberry juice, observing the proper concentration of highly blended and ripe cranberries can be recommended to everybody as an additional effective healing modality and prophylactic remedy for regular, everyday drinking.
Cranberry juice is especially useful and beneficial for people who eat a carnivore or close to a carnivorous diet, including the cooked ZC, raw ZC, raw MFZC and raw Primal diets because actually cranberries are a very old remedy, mostly used by carnivorous animals which can surely be used by people who eat as carnivores successfully.
From the beginning of October 2019 I drink cranberry juice (about 30g cranberries in approximately 150 ml of distilled water) 1 or 2 times a day: — 0.5-3 hours or more before my meat meal at noon and 20-30 minutes before the fish meal and meat meal in the evening (if I drink the juice 2 times). If I feel thirsty, I may drink approximately 30-50 ml of distilled water before and after I drink the juice.
It’s better if you check cranberries and remove visibly damaged and spoiled berries right before using the cranberries to prepare the juice.
From the beginning of November 2019 to the present time I started to use fresh not frozen organic cranberries (see more about organic cranberries in part 2 above). I bought fresh organic cranberries in about 100 plastic not vacuum sealed small packages 227g each. I use about 2 packages every week if I drink 2 times a day every day the cranberry juice that is fresh prepared from 30-35g of organic not frozen cranberries in approximately 150 ml of distilled water. Now I drink the juice 20-40 minutes before I eat my meat or fish meal. If I feel thirsty, I may drink approximately 30-50 ml of distilled water before and after I drink the juice.
Juice from not frozen cranberries is more energizing and better tasting than from previously frozen cranberries. See more information in part 2 of Article 15
From the beginning of January 2020 to the present time I stopped to drink distilled water after my evening meal of meat or fish in a few hours before I go to sleep. I just don’t want to drink and actually raw meat or fish contents quite enough amount of own water.
Also I decreased the amount of cranberries to 20g in approximately 180 ml of distilled water. This proportion didn’t decrease the quality of my sleep or flexibility of my joints but it made the initiating of the bowel movements much easier.
Moreover this proportion confirms that cranberries are more remedy than food and their amount should be chosen for everybody experimentally, gradually and very carefully. See more information in part 2 of Article 15