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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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Is cranberry juice safe to drink in early pregnancy?

Is cranberry juice safe to drink in early pregnancy?

Yes: When ingested in normal food quantities (not excessive). ...Read more

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Is Cranberry Juice safe to drink while taking Zantac (ranitidine)?

Is Cranberry Juice safe to drink while taking Zantac (ranitidine)?

Appears safe: There are no reported incidents published in pubmed regarding the use of Zantac (ranitidine) and cranberry use, a pharmacist may however be able to better answer this question for you as they are more familiar with drug interactions and pharmacokinetics. ...Read more

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I had a bleeding ulcer. Severe. It was corrected twice. Now it's 5 weeks later. Is cranberry juice safe to drink or is it a blood thinner.

I had a bleeding ulcer. Severe. It was corrected twice. Now it's 5 weeks later. Is cranberry juice safe to drink or is it a blood thinner.

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice is safe in context of peptic ulcer. It is not a blood thinner. Is a very good beverage. Stay on your anti ulcer therapies, eat small amounts, maintain nutrition, avoid smoking and alcohol, avoid aspirin and NSAIDS. ...Read more

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Can you drink cranberry juice while breastfeeding?

Can you drink cranberry juice while breastfeeding?

Cranberry Juice: When used in normal food quantities that is fine. ...Read more

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Can drinking cranberry juice help men get rid of utis?

Can drinking cranberry juice help men get rid of utis?

Yes: Because cranberry juice causes the urine to become acidic, certain bacteria can't grow in urine that is acidic and it can help eliminate an infection. ...Read more

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Could drinking cranberry juice really lower ones blood pressure?

Could drinking cranberry juice really lower ones blood pressure?

Unlikely: Unlikely to have significant effect, more effect from weight loss, exercise and medication. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would drinking a lot of cranberries juice clean up your colon?

Hi docs, would drinking a lot of cranberries juice clean up your colon?

"Clean Up": Would not expect it to clean colon although excess cranberry juice can cause loose stools/ diarrhea. Recent studies show that cranberry ingestion can increase Bifidobacteria in GI tract & help to maintain other healthy bacteria. ...Read more

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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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Why do I constantly feel like I need to pee after drinking cranberry juice?

Why do I constantly feel like I need to pee after drinking cranberry juice?

Cranberry juice: If you are drinking cranberry juice because you like the flavor, then the more you drink, the more you will urinate. It is sweet and sweet fluids can cause increase urination. If you are drinking cranberry juice for another reason, then perhaps the other reason is what is causing the frequency. ...Read more

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What can I drink to make me pee more often? Can i drink cranberry juice?

Water: Water ;-) simply no substituter for the best stuff on earth. Drink 12 cups instead of 8. I love and swear by it. Cranberry juice can be helpful for uti, but can give you too much unnecessary sugar. ...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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I have had a UTI for 12 days. I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. Any suggestions?

I have had a UTI for 12 days. I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. Any suggestions?

Water is good.: Are you taking antibiotics? Cranberry is used as a preventative — not a treatment for UTI. 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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Can you drink 100% cranberry juice even though you take levothyroxine daily for hypotheroidism? Will it affect the pill?

Recommendation : You can drink your juice as much as you want. But pills and juice separate. Pills better to take together with water or tea. ...Read more

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I have heard of cancer patients drinking cranberry juice for detoxification. Does cranberry juice have detoxification effects?

I have heard of cancer patients drinking cranberry juice for detoxification. Does cranberry juice have detoxification effects?

Uncertain: 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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Is drinking cranberry juice and Nopalina every day good for you? Please advise!

Is drinking cranberry juice and Nopalina every day good for you? Please advise!

Nopalina: Flax seed is not controlled by the FDA therefore — no reliable clinical trial data or interactions
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/flaxseed/ataglance. Htm ...Read more

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I was wondering is drinking cranberry juice and Nopalina everyday good for you?

Nopalina: I don't know if there is any proof that either is particularly 'good' for you. Anything taken to excess can be 'bad' for you. I don't know that there is any data on what daily intake of your combination is likely to do for you good/bad or indifferent. ...Read more

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Can a 9-month-old baby drink cranberry juice?

Yes: I suppose it is no worse than most juices. I don't specifically like juices in childhood as it offers too much sugar /sweet at a time their brain is forming their likes & dislikes. I'd rather have a slim kid who avoided sweets than an obese one that couldn't get through a meal without a sweet treat. ...Read more

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Why do they tell you to drink cranberry juice for a UTI?

Why do they tell you to drink cranberry juice for a UTI?

It is supposed ...: To acidify the urine, which theoretically kills or prevents bacterial growth in the urine. Most studies show this really doesn't work. The urine is not acidic enough to do any good. You are better off drinking plenty of water, which helps flush bacteria from the bladder. If symptoms persist more than 2-3 days, see your doctor to get checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can drinking a lot of cranberries juice clean out my arteries?

Can drinking a lot of cranberries juice clean out my arteries?

Intriguing research: Cranberry juice is rich in d-mannose which can treat/prevent urinary infections. New research shows the antioxidants in it can improve arterial dilation & may help arteries be less stiff. It looks like cranberry juice can prevent arteriosclerosis but it is not yet clear if it "cleans out" arteries- more research is needed- but it may reduce calcium deposits. See my comment for links to more info. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides cranberry juice to drink with an uti?

Hydrate w water.: Cranberry juice may help with 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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Can drinking cranberry juice really help with cystitis irritation?

No: Can make cystitis irritation worse. Cranberry juice is only of use in preventing cystitis as it interferes with bacteria adhering to bladder lining. Acidity of cranberry juice can be quite irritating to the bladder. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

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