One third of the world’s population of women is susceptible to UTIs. Some women have had UTI at least once in their lifetime and others have a chronic condition. In some cases, UTI is acute and warrants consultation with doctor and using appropriate antibiotics. If you are chronically prone to UTI, drinking plenty of fluids, using safe contraceptive methods, correct hygiene methods down south, using clean underwear and avoiding tight fitting garments should help you avoid frequent infections. These preventive measures might also help alleviate some of the inconvenience and suffering. Another time – tested remedy for UTIs is Cranberry. Cranberry Pills and UTI Cranberry Juice is widely available to help prevent bladder infections and alleviate recurrent symptoms.
Let us study if UTI cranberry treatment is indeed effective and whether cranberries really help cure UTI.
Do cranberries help clear UTI?
It is not 100% clear how cranberries help prevent UTI, but studies show that women who consumed unsweetened Cranberry Juice 3 times a day were less susceptible to UTIs than women who didn’t. There is another study that shows that a UTI Cranberry Juice, or a Cranberry cocktail helped prevent bacteria from growing to the extent of developing an infection.
Another study also states that the acid molecules present in Cranberry Juice are not altered or destroyed by the process of digestion. Hence, when they enter the blood stream, they keep the blood slightly on the acidic side. So, when blood passes through the urinary system for the process of purification, the acidic medium prevents the growth of dangerous bacteria including E. Coli.
Even among people who consumed Cranberry products, the incidence of UTI was less than a similar set of people who did not consume any Cranberry products whatsoever.
What these studies and independent scientific researches conclude is that some indestructible compounds found in Cranberries prevent the E. Coli bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract and also to other bacteria present in the urinary tract. When the E. Coli bacteria cannot stick to another bacteria or a solid surface, they cannot grow and proliferate, leading to an infection. They simply get flushed out of the system.
There also seems to be a theory that the antioxidants found in cranberries specifically prevent E. Coli bacteria from sticking to each other and to other bacteria or the walls of excretory/urinary tract.
Whatever the scientific reason, the results of clinical studies are unanimous on one thing. Cranberries do prevent UTIs.
Do Cranberries fight infection
Cranberries do not necessarily fight an infection. They can help prevent an infection and can help avoid further infection. So, if your infection is severe, it is better to consult a doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics and take Cranberry Pills and UTI Cranberry Juice to help speed up the curing and subsequent healing.
How to consume Cranberries
Cranberry Pills are available in the market these days and are very easy to procure. They are available over the counter and require no prescription. UTI Cranberry Juice is also available either in the market –online or offline. UTI Cranberry Juice is nothing but diluted juice having added sweeteners. If you are not comfortable using commonly available sweeteners or those used by manufacturers, you could buy unsweetened, concentrated Cranberry Juice and make your own UTI Cranberry Juice by adding water and natural sweeteners.
You could also consume Cranberry products like Cranberry pie, Cranberry crumble, and Cranberry toffee pudding etc if you are not diabetic or allergic to gluten. It is best to consume less sugar when suffering from bladder infections as primary research is showing that sugar feeds bacteria and often increases their adherence to the walls of the Urinary system.
If you are a chronic sufferer of UTI, it is better to get a doctors advice on how much Cranberry supplementation per day will give you relief. It is also very important that you never treat a UTI at home without the advice of a qualified doctor. If you are not prone to UTI often, the doctor might just prescribe plenty of fluids without any antibiotics. Whatever the case, always get guidance from a doctor no matter how frequent your UTIs are or how “experienced” you are in dealing with them. On the same note, never neglect UTIs. If minor bladder infections go untreated, the infection could spread to the ureters, and kidneys. Even if you start treatment at an advanced stage, it may take ages to completely cure the infection during which time, it might enter your blood stream. This infection could lead to sepsis or even organ failure. Failed organs become toxic and may have to be removed to prevent further complications. That being said; Cranberries have been found to be effective in most women in preventing UTIs. Like the old adage goes, prevention is always better than the cure.