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Will drinking cranberry juice reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (utis)?

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Will drinking cranberry juice reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (utis)?

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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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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Can you use cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections?

Can you use cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections?

Possibly: There are some studies that have shown that drinking cranberry juice may reduce the risk of contracting a urinary tract infections. It should be noted, however, that taking cranberry pills did not provide a similar benefit. Additionally, cranberry juice has not been found to help treat a urinary tract infection. Bottom line: may prevent infections but does not treat infections. ...Read more

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Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?

Will low calorie cranberry juice work as well as regular cranberry juice to help prevent/treat recurrent urinary tract infections?

About cranberry: Cranberry juice and extract is able to decrease urine infections with e.Coli bacteria b/c it interferes with the bacteria's mechanism for sticking to the bladder wall and 'climbing' up into the urinary tract. There are many other bacteria that cause urine infection, however, and cranberry has no effect on them. Without a urine culture, you will not know which type of bacteria are causing uti. ...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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Urinary tract infection maybe. Try cranberry juice first?

Urinary tract infection maybe. Try cranberry juice first?

No - urine test: Firstly you need to know if there is a UTI or not. That requires a urinalysis. Then antibiotics if you have a uti. Also drink plenty of water and urinate every couple of hours. This helps to eliminate bacteria from the bladder. Cranberry juice is useful in preventing a UTI by reducing ability of bacteria to adhere to the bladder lining. It does not treat a uti. ...Read more

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Can cranberry juice help a urinary tract infection?

Can cranberry juice help a urinary tract infection?

Prevention - not tx.: It is not used to treat urinary tract infections. 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 taking cranberry juice cure a urinary tract infection?

Not usually: Cranberry juice inhibits bacteria from adhering to the bladder lining and by that mechanism is believed to be helpful in preventing cystitis. It is not particularly effective once the infection has been established. ...Read more

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What is cranberry extract is it cranberry juice and if so does it really help a urinary tract infection?

Yes: Cranberry extract is from cranberries. Cranberry juice often contains sugar so using cranberry extract is better for uti's. Some studies indicate that cranberry is as effective as antibiotics for urinary tract infections caused by the e. Coli bacteria. ...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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Is there anything besides cranberry juice to drink with a 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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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Urinary (Definition)

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