Cranberries and UTI

Cranberries are practically synonymous with UTIs and are often seen as an easy, drug-free fix. However, the scientific evidence regarding their effectiveness is mixed. Cranberries are considered a go-to solution because they contain proanthocyanidins- a type of chemical compound that supposedly blocks bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. While some studies show that cranberry juice can help prevent infections, others question its efficacy. And when it comes to the question of whether cranberry juice, pills, or supplements are able to treat a current infection, the answer is a resounding no. So before running to the store and chugging down a tarty-sweet bottle, note that neither cranberry juice or pills can cure UTIs.


Alternatively, drinking water is proven to be one of the most efficient ways to prevent UTIs. Increasing your fluid intake and maintaining a robust urinary stream help flush bacteria out of your bladder and actually reduces their ability to adhere to cells lining the urinary tract.

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