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Doctor insights on: Is Cranberry Juice A Cure For Bladder Infection

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Does cranberry juice really help with bladder infections? Why? Thanks

Does cranberry juice really help with bladder infections?  Why?  Thanks

Yes: It has to do some chemicals in cranberry juice basicay being a natural antibiotic for common bacteria causing UTI's. maybe it gets concentrated in the urine as its excreted by the body. Hope this helps! ...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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I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice and tablets have been recommended for uti's. It may or may not help. It is not recommended for kidney stones. For those two conditions the important thing is to maintain hydration, increase your water intake to keep your urine clear color. How much you drink depends on your size and metabolism. Empty your bladder frequently specially after intercourse, avoid vaginal infections. ...Read more

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Cranberry juice for bladder infection?

Cranberry juice for bladder infection?

Well, : There are some reports that drinking of cranberry juice could help prevent bacteria from developing into an infection in the urinary tract. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice take a bladder infection away?

Can cranberry juice take a bladder infection away?

No: Cranberry juice contains substances which interfere with bacteria adhering to bladder wall and thus reduce the incidence of recurrent bladder infections. It is not an antibiotic and thus can not treat an established bladder infection. There are many so called cranberry tablets or caplets, but very few list amount of active ingredient. Ellura does & proven effective in a 1st class scientific study. ...Read more

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What kind of cranberry juice is useful for a bladder infection?

What kind of cranberry juice is useful for a bladder infection?

Prevention: Would use juice with less sugar for prevention. 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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What to do if I do not have cranberry juice, is there any other home remedies for a bladder infection?

What to do if I do not have cranberry juice, is there any other home remedies for a bladder infection?

Water & antibiotics: Prescribed by your doctor. There are no home remedies which can kill the bacteria which cause bladder infections. Neither is cranberry juice, it is effective to as a preventative of future bladder infections. Don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise. ...Read more

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What compounds in cranberry juice help with a unrinary tract infection or an achy bladder?

Two ways: Researchers now believe that cranberries contain substances that prevent infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls. Scientists used to believe that cranberries protected against utis by making the urine more acidic, and therefore inhospitable, to bacteria. ...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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It seems I probably have a bladder infection out of nowhere.Little sore down there before I go and after. Can cranberry juice help sometimes help?

It seems I probably  have a bladder infection out of nowhere.Little sore down there before I go and after. Can cranberry juice help sometimes help?

Not A Treatment: Urinary tract infections are caused by bacterial growth in the bladder/urinary tract; are treated w/ choice antibiotics based on susceptibility of bacteria. While it is possible for a bladder infection to clear on its own, it is more likely that your symptoms will worsen, or reappear in the near future without proper treatment. Cranberry juice is NOT an effective treatment. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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Will cranberry juice help a kidney / bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Will cranberry juice help a kidney / bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Not really: Some people believe so, but studies have not shown that, so there is no proof for that in medical literature. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...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