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I suffer from urinary infections. How much cranberry juice should I drink?

: Try urinating after sex to flush out bacteria. And if your infections are really frequent, talk to your doctor about taking antibiotics after sex or even more frequently. ...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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Will drinking cranberry juice reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (utis)?

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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

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My mom told me to drink cranberry juice and it will get rid of my urinary track infection (uti) is this really true?

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 more

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How do I find out how much cranberry juice should you drink to help a urine infection?

How do I find out how much cranberry juice should you drink to help a urine infection?

Perhaps: 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

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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

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Can cranberry juice cocktail help urinary infections?

Can cranberry juice cocktail help urinary infections?

Cocktail: If this is sold as "cocktail" then the juice content is likely to be quite low. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's because of the proanthyocyanidins (PACs) it contains. Cranberry juice may help with prevention but not with treatment. ...Read more

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How are cranberry juice and urinary infections linked?

How are cranberry juice and urinary infections linked?

Cranberry juice: It can alter the molecular structure on the bacteria, which prevents them from adhering to the surface of the bladder & urinary tract. It also changes the ph of the bladder making it more acidic. ...Read more

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How does cranberry juice help in the case of urinary infections?

How does cranberry juice help in the case of urinary infections?

Possible 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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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

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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 (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), ...Read more