cranberry juice


A recent review has found that cranberry juice, long used as a remedy for treating urinary tract infections (UTIs), may also help prevent them Researchers gave cranberries or placebos, in juice or capsule form, to people who experience frequent UTIs. The juice and tablets were most effective preventively in younger women with recurrent infections, but had less effect on other groups unusually susceptible to UTIs, such as the elderly. Cranberries are thought to contain substances that prevent infection by keeping bacteria from adhering to the bladder and walls of the urinary tract. Further studies are needed to determine the optimum amount or form of cranberries one should take in order to prevent UTIs; however, 1 to 4 ounces of cranberry concentrate per day, reconstituted in water, can be beneficial.

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