Traditionally, cranberry has been used to both treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Research suggests that the cranberry prevents bacteria from sticking to the inside of the bladder, thus preventing an infection. Over the years, it has been widely debated whether or not cranberry is effective in the treatment and prevention of UTIs.
It has now been shown that cranberry is not effective in the treatment of UTI’s and should not be used to do so. If you have symptoms of a UTI (frequent urge to urinate, painful burning sensation, blood in urine etc.) see a physician so that they may prescribe antibiotics in order to cure the infection.
Several studies have now shown that cranberry is effective for the prevention of UTIs. Those people who suffer from recurrent UTIs may want to consider the use of cranberry for preventing them.
Cranberry can be taken in the form of juice or capsules which contain cranberry extract. If you choose to drink cranberry juice or cocktail to prevent UTIs, it is recommended that you consume one 8 oz. glass three times per day. If you are diabetic, concerned about sugar intake, or would have difficulty drinking that much juice, cranberry capsules are a great alternative. Simply take one capsule twice daily in order to prevent frequent urinary tract infections.
If you have questions about urinary tract infections and the use of cranberry juice or capsules for prevention, speak with one of our pharmacists today!