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Can drinking cranberry juice help men get rid of utis?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Phillip Porch
General Practice
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Phillip Porch
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Also cranberry juice contains L-mannose that coats the bladder so that bacteria have more difficulty getting a "foothold" to start festering.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
I believe E. coli is the only organism proven to be reduced by Cranberry, but it is one of the most common UTI bugs.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Cranberry juice prevents the adherence of some bacteria to the lining of the bladder, but it is not powerful to treat an established infection.
Bladder infections in men are rare, except in older men with prostate enlargement, which makes complete emptying of the bladder more difficult. If you have an infection, you should consult your doctor, and may need to see a urologist about your prostate.

In brief: No

Cranberry juice prevents the adherence of some bacteria to the lining of the bladder, but it is not powerful to treat an established infection.
Bladder infections in men are rare, except in older men with prostate enlargement, which makes complete emptying of the bladder more difficult. If you have an infection, you should consult your doctor, and may need to see a urologist about your prostate.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not a treatment

While cranberries contain 2 compunds that block the binding of certain bacteria to the lining of the urinary tract, cranberry juice or extract will not treat an acute uti.
Cranberry juice/extract may help to prevent uti's in some people, but the medical literature does not offer conclusive evidence that cranberry juice prevents utis in everyone.

In brief: Not a treatment

While cranberries contain 2 compunds that block the binding of certain bacteria to the lining of the urinary tract, cranberry juice or extract will not treat an acute uti.
Cranberry juice/extract may help to prevent uti's in some people, but the medical literature does not offer conclusive evidence that cranberry juice prevents utis in everyone.
Dr. Howard Adler
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: No

Cranberry juice contains substances called proanthocyanidins, these interfere with ability of bacteria to stick to the bladder or urethral lining and thus reduce the risk of developing a UTI or of reinfection.
It may well be useful as an adjunct to using antibiotics because of its antiadherent qualities, but not by itself.

In brief: No

Cranberry juice contains substances called proanthocyanidins, these interfere with ability of bacteria to stick to the bladder or urethral lining and thus reduce the risk of developing a UTI or of reinfection.
It may well be useful as an adjunct to using antibiotics because of its antiadherent qualities, but not by itself.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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