Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections

July 3, 2001 in Healthy Eating, Women's Health

Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections

A new study published in the British Medical Journal found that drinking cranberry juice lowered the chances of getting repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs) and reduce the need for antibiotics.

In the study, Finnish women who were at risk for repeated UTIs who drank 50 ml (one-quarter cup) cranberry and lingonberry juice daily for six months were 20% less likely to get a UTI compared with women who drank 100 ml of a lactobaccillus drink or nothing in particular. Overall, 16% women in the cranberry group, 39% in the lactobacillus and 36% in the control group had at least one urinary tract infection during the 12-month study.

Natural compounds in cranberries called anthocyanins are thought to prevent bacteria form adhering to the bladder wall.

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