Top
10
Doctor insights on: Does Cranberry Juice Help Urinary Tract Infection

Share
1

1
Can cranberry juice help a urinary tract infection?

Can cranberry juice help a urinary tract infection?

Prevention - not tx.: It is not used to treat urinary tract infections. 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

See 1 more doctor answer

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


2

2
Urinary tract infection maybe. Try cranberry juice first?

Urinary tract infection maybe. Try cranberry juice first?

No - urine test: Firstly you need to know if there is a UTI or not. That requires a urinalysis. Then antibiotics if you have a uti. Also drink plenty of water and urinate every couple of hours. This helps to eliminate bacteria from the bladder. Cranberry juice is useful in preventing a UTI by reducing ability of bacteria to adhere to the bladder lining. It does not treat a uti. ...Read more

3

3
Can taking cranberry juice cure a urinary tract infection?

Can taking cranberry juice cure a urinary tract infection?

Not usually: Cranberry juice inhibits bacteria from adhering to the bladder lining and by that mechanism is believed to be helpful in preventing cystitis. It is not particularly effective once the infection has been established. ...Read more

4

4
What is cranberry extract is it cranberry juice and if so does it really help a urinary tract infection?

What is cranberry extract is it cranberry juice and if so does it really help a urinary tract infection?

Yes: Cranberry extract is from cranberries. Cranberry juice often contains sugar so using cranberry extract is better for uti's. Some studies indicate that cranberry is as effective as antibiotics for urinary tract infections caused by the e. Coli bacteria. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
How much cranberry juice should you drink to prevent bladder infection/urinary tract infection?

How much cranberry juice should you drink to prevent bladder infection/urinary tract infection?

Unknown: It is really unknown how much to drink, the first problem we have is that we do believe that cranberry juice help on UTI and there are scientific reasons to support that, but clinical studies did not confirm that, so we really don't know, but since it cranberry juice is safe we sometimes recommend it, the mentioned negative studies evaluated 8 ounces 27% juice. ...Read more

6

6
I am currently in recovery of a urinary tract infection. I drank some cranberry juice and felt a slight burning sensation in my side. Is this normal?

I am currently in recovery of a urinary tract infection. I drank some cranberry juice and felt a slight burning sensation in my side. Is this normal?

Unrelated: The burning is more likely infection related and has nothing to do with the juice. Drink water, about 64 ozs a day to keep high urine flow rates. Cranberry juice purportedly helps but this has not been shown to be superior to antibiotics in medical studies. ...Read more

7

7
Can you use cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections?

Possibly: There are some studies that have shown that drinking cranberry juice may reduce the risk of contracting a urinary tract infections. It should be noted, however, that taking cranberry pills did not provide a similar benefit. Additionally, cranberry juice has not been found to help treat a urinary tract infection. Bottom line: may prevent infections but does not treat infections. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
1 doctor agreed:
8

8
Will drinking cranberry juice reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (utis)?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
1 doctor agreed:

Usually ineffective: Controlled studies in adults showed that cranberry juice has a modest suppressive effect only when ingested a large quantity. Certainly not for children. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?

About cranberry: Cranberry juice and extract is able to decrease urine infections with e.Coli bacteria b/c it interferes with the bacteria's mechanism for sticking to the bladder wall and 'climbing' up into the urinary tract. There are many other bacteria that cause urine infection, however, and cranberry has no effect on them. Without a urine culture, you will not know which type of bacteria are causing uti. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
I understand that if you feel signs of a bladder infection you should drink cranberry juice. Is it true?

I understand that if you feel signs of a bladder infection you should drink cranberry juice. Is it true?

Not necessarily.: Find out if there is an actual bladder infection. If you have a bladder infection then the cranberry juice is not likely to help as it is used for prevention - not for 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. Antibiotics are used to treat bladder infections. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Inwood
9 doctors shared insights

Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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