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Doctor insights on: Can Drinking Cranberry Juice Really Help With Cystitis Irritation

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Can drinking cranberry juice really help with cystitis irritation?

Can drinking cranberry juice really help with cystitis irritation?

No: Can make cystitis irritation worse. Cranberry juice is only of use in preventing cystitis as it interferes with bacteria adhering to bladder lining. Acidity of cranberry juice can be quite irritating to the bladder. ...Read more

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Cranberry Juice (Definition)

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. It is native to North America and was used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases. Early settlers from England learned to use the berry both raw and cooked for many ailments, including appetite loss, stomach problems, blood disorders, and scurvy, caused by not getting enough vitamin C. Cranberry is best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E. coli). At first, scientists thought cranberry worked by making urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. Now, studies show that cranberry actually prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Strong scientific studies support using cranberry, either in capsules or as juice, for preventing -- though ...Read more


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Is cranberry juice really good for UTI or cystitis?

Is cranberry juice really good for UTI or cystitis?

As a preventative: Cranberry juice does not cure utis or cystitis. Is a fairly good preventative because it contains a chemical which makes it much more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the bladder lining and thus cause a uti. ...Read more

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Does drinking cranberry juice really cure a UTI? If so how much do I half to drink of it? How can I get rid of a possible UTI without going to the Dr?

Does drinking cranberry juice really cure a UTI? If so how much do I half to drink of it? How can I get rid of a possible UTI without going to the Dr?

Cranberry juice...: ...wont help. For several years it was believed cranberry juice could prevent or cure UTIs, but recent research shows no significant benefit. You may not have UTI anyway. UTI is rare in males your age (22). STDs are more likely cause of painful or urgent urination in young males, especially if you've also had urethral discharge. Don't cut corners; you need to see a doctor for sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a 9 month old baby drink cranberry juice?

Yes: I suppose it is no worse than most juices. I don't specifically like juices in childhood as it offers too much sugar /sweet at a time their brain is forming their likes & dislikes. I'd rather have a slim kid who avoided sweets than an obese one that couldn't get through a meal without a sweet treat. ...Read more

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Why do they tell you to drink cranberry juice for a UTI?

Why do they tell you to drink cranberry juice for a UTI?

It is supposed ...: To acidify the urine, which theoretically kills or prevents bacterial growth in the urine. Most studies show this really doesn't work. The urine is not acidic enough to do any good. You are better off drinking plenty of water, which helps flush bacteria from the bladder. If symptoms persist more than 2-3 days, see your doctor to get checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can drinking a lot of cranberry juice clean out my arteries?

Can drinking a lot of cranberry juice clean out my arteries?

Intriguing research: Cranberry juice is rich in d-mannose which can treat/prevent urinary infections. New research shows the antioxidants in it can improve arterial dilation & may help arteries be less stiff. It looks like cranberry juice can prevent arteriosclerosis but it is not yet clear if it "cleans out" arteries- more research is needed- but it may reduce calcium deposits. See my comment for links to more info. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides cranberry juice to drink with a uti?

Is there anything besides cranberry juice to drink with a uti?

Hydrate w water.: Cranberry juice may help with prevention - not treatment. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's because of the proanthyocyanidins (PACs) it contains. ...Read more

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Is Cranberry Juice safe to drink while taking Zantac (ranitidine)?

Is Cranberry Juice safe to drink while taking Zantac (ranitidine)?

Appears safe: There are no reported incidents published in pubmed regarding the use of Zantac (ranitidine) and cranberry use, a pharmacist may however be able to better answer this question for you as they are more familiar with drug interactions and pharmacokinetics. ...Read more

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I was told that i can drink cranberry juice without sugar to clean out my kidney if so how much?

No need to use.: Water does the same thing. Cranberry juice doesn't clean out your kidney any better than any other juice. There is still some banter and common use of cranberry juice for preventing or treating uti, but evidence for this is weak. As best i can see there is no benefit to juicing and there is certainly no need to use kidney cleaner. ...Read more

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I'm 33 year old female I drink a lot of soda and water too. I also drink cranberry juice from time to time. I'm also allergic to a lot of foods. Am I?

I'm 33 year old female I drink a lot of soda and water too. I also drink cranberry juice from time to time. I'm also allergic to a lot of foods.  Am I?

What's the ?: Soda is not good for you. Besides the fructose you will likely be belching more from the gas. It is unusual for a person to be allergic to more than one food and thus you should consult an allergist to get this sorted out before you end up with malnutrition. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly feel like i need to pee after drinking cranberry juice?

Why do I constantly feel like i need to pee after drinking cranberry juice?

Cranberry juice: If you are drinking cranberry juice because you like the flavor, then the more you drink, the more you will urinate. It is sweet and sweet fluids can cause increase urination. If you are drinking cranberry juice for another reason, then perhaps the other reason is what is causing the frequency. ...Read more

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I have had a UTI for 12 days. I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. Any suggestions?

I have had a UTI for 12 days. I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. Any suggestions?

Water is good.: Are you taking antibiotics? Cranberry is used as a preventative - not a treatment for UTI. Cranberries contain proanthyocyanidins (PACs) which can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's. They are also reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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I have heard of cancer patients drinking cranberry juice for detoxification. Does cranberry juice have detoxification effects?

I have heard of cancer patients drinking cranberry juice for detoxification. Does cranberry juice have detoxification effects?

Uncertain: Cranberries contain proanthyocyanidins (PACs) which can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's. They are also reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read more

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Is drinking too much cranberry juice bad?

Is drinking too much cranberry juice bad?

Cranberry juice: Large amounts of cranberry juice can cause GI upset. Limit or avoid use with warfarin. It also contains sugar. ...Read more

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Can drinking only cranberry juice make you lose weight?

Can drinking only cranberry juice make you lose weight?

YES and NO: As an additive for weight loss, commercial cranberry juice has high sugar. However, if one drank an 8 oz glass of cranberry juice 3 x daily then one would be consuming less than 500 calories/d and be in a weight loss mode. Changing one's diet is gives the body rest for food allergies. Get dna saliva test for fitness to see what diet is best for you. Otherwise, use real cranberry juice and stevia. ...Read more

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Is drinking cranberry juice and Nopalina every day good for you? Please advise!

Nopalina: Flax seed is not controlled by the FDA therefore - no reliable clinical trial data or interactions http://nccam.nih.gov/health/flaxseed/ataglance.Htm ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Fruit Juice (Definition)

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