Doctor's Note

The whole fruit cocktail of which I spoke is detailed in Pink Juice with Green Foam.

How do cranberries compare to other common fruits? Check out my last video, Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

More on nutrient synergy in:

And for another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup: Mercury in Corn Syrup?

Suppressing cancer growth in a petri dish is nice, but what about within the human body? Wait until you see my next two videos—Strawberries versus Esophageal Cancer and Black Raspberries versus Oral Cancer. Hold on to your hats!

Check out my associated blog posts for more context:  Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?Anti-Cancer Nutrient Synergy in Cranberries, and Raspberries Reverse Precancerous Lesions

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  • Cory Goldblatt

    Where can you buy raw frozen cranberries? I’ve looked online and I can only find the dried cranberries with vegetable oil and sugar. Is this something that they sell at costco or whole foods? Thanks for your time.

    • Michael Law

      I got mine from health food store (Central Market in Texas) in frozen food section. You could try wholefoods market.

    • Randy Sandberg

      I buy mine at Whole Foods Market and my local Fred Meyer from Stahlbush Island Farms.

    • Ralph

      Costco sells three pound bags of fresh cranberries in November prior to the Thanksgiving holiday which can be frozen. I generally buy three or four bags and store them in the freezer and use a quarter cup of them in my smoothie once every other day or so. Four bags seems to last me about a year or more.

    • Cory Goldblatt

      Thanks for the info! I’ll probably head to whole foods this week and buy several bags.

    • Jon

      What about freeze dried cranberries? Are they as good as frozen?

    • I get my frozen cranberries at my local supermarket. Dole sells them by the pound which is 8 servings of 55g in each package. One serving goes into my smoothie every morning.

  • Dr G thanks for this additional nail in the coffin of the supplement industry and nutrient micromanagement. This phenomenon where whole foods work but supplements rarely do is explained by T Colin Campbell in his new book Whole. Great read btw.

    • Randy Sandberg

      Dan, thanks for letting us know about T. Colin Campbell’s new book “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition”. I just bought it from and am looking forward to listening to it!

  • Randy Sandberg

    Every morning I have a smoothie for breakfast that includes 2 bananas, 1 cup berries, 1 cup plain soy milk (soy beans are the only ingredient), 1 bunch kale or collard greens, 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, 1 tbsp hemp hearts, 6 ice cubes, and 1.5 cups water. And, of course, sometimes the berries I add are frozen raw cranberries from Stahlbush Island Farms. They certainly add a pop to my mornings unlike any other berry I have. SUPER tasty!

  • painterguy

    Drats! I just read that my dried cranberries, that I’ve been eating for years, have sugar added to them. I have eaten whole cranberries, straight from the bag, but that didn’t last long. I’m thinking about blending with a Vitamix. I could put whole cranberries in the blender, along with sweeter fruit, to get a better taste.

  • After yesterday’s video, I tried adding frozen cranberries to my morning smoothie in the Vitamix – which is quite similar to Randy’s described below. It worked very well. The cranberry tartness is offset by the sweetness of other fruits, and the combination is tasty. So, “painterguy” – yes, that seems to work and seems like a very good idea in light of today’s video.

  • B

    I’ve been putting frozen cranberries in my smoothies for decades. Good to hear it’s worthwhile. Bought 10 bags of fresh organics past Thanksgiving (on sale for 99 cents ;) and am on my last frozen bag. Time to go shopping! I always figured the dried sweetened ones were junk…too much sugar.

  • elsie blanche

    Beware of possible kidney stones as a result of overconsumption of cranberries (juice, fresh cranberries, dried, etc.) Maybe Dr. G can comment on this. For some people this is a real concern.

  • Ronald Chavin

    Do people who eat cranberries have a lower incidence of cancer?

    The best place to do a study on whether or not people who eat plenty of fruits and berries that contain high amounts of tannins (such as cranberries) have lower cancer death rates would be India, not China. The people of India have many high-tannin foods in their diet:

  • Leo grossi

    I saw a documentary called “Fathead”. One part that made me think was the part that he says that Mother Nature isn’t stupid, humans cannot be the only species that crave foods that are bad for them, so meat and fatty foods cannot be bad for us…

    • b00mer

      Can’t crave things that are bad for you? Explain heroin?

  • Mike Quinoa

    Isn’t the doubling rate for cancer cells about 100 days? Or do they replicate faster in a petri dish?

  • What is the best way to eat cranberry? Juice?

    • Sven

      Smoothies for sure!

  • Sven

    My favorite smoothie to date –
    250g cranberries
    30g ground flax seeds
    15g chia seeds
    15g hemp proten
    tea spoon hibiscus
    tea spoon peppermint
    tea spoon chamomile
    1 banana

    350ml rice milk

    • Thea

      Sven: ooh, that sounds yummy! Nice use of tea leaves. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jere Scott

      do you have this in other than grams, teaspoons or something american..

  • Oboechops

    I also buy bags of fresh cranberries at Costco & freeze them. Adding them to other mixed berries mitigates the tartness.

  • Rosie

    OK — combining goodness of a few videos, how about orange juice + frozen banana + flax seed meal + frozen cranberries for one great smoothie! (sometimes I’ll sneak raw carrots in as well.) Go Vitamix!

  • cyril

    Concentrations of 25 and 50 um/ml may be a smidgen, but seem very high for in-vivo prostatic concentrations.

    I am speaking from the perspective of chronic bacterial prostatitis, not cancer.

    To quote an article related to prostate drug penetration:

    “Only free, non-protein-bound antibiotic molecules enter tissues. Ordinarily, substances with molecular weights of <1000 pass through openings (fenestrae) between capillary endothelial cells, but prostate capillaries are nonporous. Passage of a drug through prostatic capillary endothelium and prostatic epithelium is enhanced by a high concentration gradient, high lipid solubility, low degree of ionization, high dissociation constant (pKa; allowing diffusion of the unionized component into the prostate), low protein binding, and small molecular size"

  • jtbzz

    Surprised that erythritol was included. I thought it was something to avoid.

  • And new research on cranberries shows they deliver healthy prebiotic fiber.

  • Karen

    I like to put one bag of fresh cranberries and one orange and 1/4 c
    maple syrup into the fruit processor to make a YUMMY raw cranberry salad.

    • Karen

      food processor, not fruit processor!

      • Thea

        :-) Well, you are processing fruit… ;-)

  • Youcef

    If we get the sweetness by combining cranberries with whole fresh or dried fruits, would the sweet whole foods have a similar counter-productive pro-oxydant effect like that found in (HFCS) high-fructose corn syrup?

  • Tobias Brown

    Here in NE US and Canada, we have frozen whole cranberries generally available year-round thought in the off season you might need to hunt around for them.

  • Tobias Brown

    No worried about eating bitter whole cranberries. Find some excellent oranges. Peel and mix one orange in the food processor small cup / small blade until it’s juicy and put in bowl. Chop a handful or two of cranberries same way. Put in bowl. Dice some fresh mint leaves. Mix all together. Call me stupid but this tastes extremely refreshing and yummy to me.

  • Michelle Berkovitz

    Raw cranberries are delicious in salad! Or you can cook them in crushed pineapple and the unsweetened juice from the can until they pop and color the pineapple pink. Remove from heat, add a few drops of almond extract and maybe some raw walnuts, and chill. Easy way to eat them unsweetened.

  • I’m still working my way through T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobsen’s “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” and have questions regarding eating whole foods. Is it advisable to eat the peel of a banana, of an orange, of a lemon? What about the pits of fruits such as cherries and peaches? Would the answers be different if the peels and pits could be ground as, perhaps, with a high-powered mixer? (I haven’t tried this and wonder if such pits would break the mixer.)

  • Julia Pace

    I was under the impression that cranberries are highly sprayed with an assortment of chemicals.