The Tiny, Tart Secret to a HEALTHIER Gut

Most of us have FINALLY gotten the message that our bodies have been desperately sending us all along…

Good health relies on good GUT health.

In fact, the microbiome in your digestive tract is connected to nearly every other aspect of your well-being. (I’ll have more on this bacterial treasure trove in just a minute.)

This means we should take every opportunity to promote happy, healthy, belly bacteria so THEY can support the rest of our health, from head to toe.

Recent research revealed one more way we to do precisely that.

But when you hear what this powerful gut health tool is, you might be surprised (and find yourself fighting off a powerful craving for some turkey).

Your gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of microscopic bacteria collectively known as your microbiome.

Your microbiome plays a pivotal role in digestion, immune function, metabolism, and even mental well-being. And researchers now say cranberries could be the next best step in supporting it.

This tiny, tart Thanksgiving staple packs a serious punch when it comes to revitalizing your microbiome—and it works FAST.

In fact, a study recently published in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes revealed that short-term supplementation with cranberry extract can work wonders for your gut health in as little as FOUR days!

The extract had what the guys in lab coats call a bifidogenic effect on the gut. But all it really means is that cranberry promotes the growth and proliferation of beneficial bacteria.

In this case, Bifidobacteria, in particular, responded well to the berry extract.

These good gut bugs are known for their ability to support digestive health, boost immunity, and keep things running smoothly in your gastrointestinal tract.

Plus, Bifidobacteria is also linked to lower the risk of developing diabetes and heart and blood vessel diseases.

With the ability to revitalize gut health in as few as four days, cranberry supplements are proving to be a powerful tool in the quest for optimal health.

So, whether you’re tired of feeling bloated, gassy, and just not quite right in the digestive department, or you simply want to care for your microbiome to boost your overall health, it might be time to embrace the power of cranberries.

P.S. Adding cranberry to your regular gut health routine is a great idea. But many folks also benefit from a quality probiotic. Check out my earlier post “Probiotics 101” for help choosing the right one.


Roussel, C., et al., (2024). Short term supplementation with cranberry extract modulates gut microbiota in human and displays a bifidogenic effect. Npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, 10(1), 1- 15. [doi. org /10. 1038/ s41522-024-00493-w]

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
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