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Cranberry Juice And Ut Is
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
My mom told me to drink cranberry juice and it will get rid of my urinary track infection (uti) is this really true?
No: Although the theory is accurate, acidifying your urine with cranberry juice sufficiently to do this would require enough juice to almost drown you. Go and get treated by your doctor, unless of course you have nothing else to do but drink cranberry juice all day. Hope your UTI clears up soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not a myth: Cranberries contain a chemical, proanthocyanidin, which interferes with the ability of bacteria, especially e.Coli (most common species of bacteria to cause urinary tract infections) from adhering to the bladder lining. Bacteria are thus flushed out urination and are unlikely to cause a uti. Excellent research article published in new england journal of medicine 3 or 4 years ago proving this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cant seem to kick this infection. ive been drinking cranberry juice and taking over-the-counter urine relief pills. always seems to get worse aftr sex?
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
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