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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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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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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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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

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Can cranberry juice help stop a kidney or bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

Can cranberry juice help stop a kidney or bladder infection until you get to the doctor?

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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What remedy is good for a bladder infection other than drinking water, and cranberry juice.?

What remedy is good for a bladder infection other than drinking water, and cranberry juice.?

Antibiotics: If doing all of the above fails, then antibiotics are warranted to prevent the infection from getting worse and spreading to the kidneys or blood stream. Untreated urinary tract infections can become very serious especially if the person has other medical conditions such as diabetes. ...Read more

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Will cranberry juice help with bladder infection tell you go see your doctor ? When should start worrying about your bladder infection ?

UTI: Cranberry juice for UTI is an old wives tale. It has been shown that to acidify your urine enough to inhibit bacterial growth you would have to drink a volume of cranberry juice so large that you would be more likely to drown than affect your uti. You should be seen by a doctor and treated appropriately now because without that it may progress and produce more severe issues. ...Read more

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Can a 5-month pregnant woman drink cranberry juice to help her bladder infection?

Can a 5-month pregnant woman drink cranberry juice to help her bladder infection?

Myth: It is impossible to drink enough cranberry juice (or consume cranberry supplements) to prevent an UTI. Unfortunately this is only a myth with no medical foundation. ...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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If I am trying to conceive and have a mild uti/bladder infection, can I drink pure cranberry juice or will it kill sperm?

If I am trying to conceive and have a mild uti/bladder infection, can I drink pure cranberry juice or will it kill sperm?

Cranberry juice is: Not going to harm sperm. Letting a "light uti" turn into a big problem is not good for anyone. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Can cranberry juice help cure kidney infections?

Real cranberries: Seems the real thing is better than the juice. For my female patients i recommend a dozen or so dry cranberries daily, in a salad, cereal or by themselves. Excellent source of antioxidants also. Good for early bladder symptoms, but a kidney infection is a truly serious deep seated infection that needs antibiotics asap. You are at risk for a blood infection if not treated properly. ...Read more

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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