Pumpkin and Cranberry: Urinary Support for Men and Women

by Melissa Chichester

It’s pumpkin and cranberry season!

These two superstars are not only two of the most popular side dishes of Thanksgiving, but they are also complementary urinary health supplements that work side-by-side to support the unique health needs of men and women.** One of those needs that differs between women and men is urinary health.

Talking about urinary health can be uncomfortable, but maintaining urinary health is important to your well-being. This system cleanses waste from the body and helps balance vitamins and minerals.

The National Institute on Aging states that the average adult passes a quart and a half of urine through the bladder and out of the body daily.

Your urinary system works hard to remove what your body doesn’t need. Sometimes, occasional imbalances in your body’s system may lead to urinary system issues. 

The benefits of pumpkin for men 

Pumpkin is a nourishing fruit that contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 245% of the RDI (Reference Daily Intake) for Vitamin A. Pumpkin is also rich in Vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. 

This seasonal must-have is so beloved that one famous pumpkin drink has its own release date with people throwing parties to celebrate! But pumpkin is not only an autumnal trend. For men, pumpkins contain beneficial nutrients that are useful year-round.** 

For example, pumpkin may support prostate health.** Pumpkin seed is a natural source of phytochemicals and has been traditionally used to support prostate and urinary health.**

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cranberries on a table

The benefits of cranberry for women

Native to the East Coast region of the United States, cranberry has been used for food and wellness for 12,000 years, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association. Cranberry is also known as “America’s “Founding Fruit” according to the Smithsonian. Cranberries contain water and carbohydrates. They also contain several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, manganese, and essential mineral magnesium.

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A variety of factors can lead to occasional imbalances in your body’s system, including your urinary tract. Cranberry nutritionally supports urinary tract function in both men and women.**

However, the Office on Women’s Health reports that women have urinary tract issues nearly 30 times more than men.**

Consuming 500 mg each day of cranberry dietary supplement may help reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) in healthy women.**

Cranberries help cleanse the urinary tract.** They also help move unwanted compounds, supporting healthy urine flow.**

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which are bioactive compounds.** They are also a natural source of antioxidants.**

Many cranberry products on the market have added sugars, so it is important to read the label and check what cranberry products are made of. Luckily, many cranberry supplements provide benefits without added sugars.

The next time you are preparing pumpkin and cranberry side-by-side at a holiday meal, think about all of the healthful nutrients these amazing fruits provide. And remember, you can incorporate them into your health routine all year long. 

Be sure to discuss any new supplements with your healthcare provider.