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Using Cranberry to Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) refer to bacterial infections of the bladder, which sometimes involve the kidneys. About 14.8 million adults suffer from UTIs annually, typically affecting more women than men. This accounts for over 8 million primary care visits each year. Common symptoms include urinary urgency or frequency, pain upon urination, pain and tenderness around the pubic area, fever and flank pain and tenderness.

Cranberries  has been known to contain biochemically active agents such as proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, quinic acid, benzoic acid and fructose, which are regarded as helpful in preventing or treating UTIs. Cranberries are thought to act by acidification of urine and by inhibiting bacteria from adhering to the wall of the bladder.

Typically cranberries are administered as capsules or juice. To avoid the sour taste or added sugar in juice, capsules may be preferred. Cranberries are relatively safe to use with antibiotics, as well as in pregnancy. An optimum dose of cranberry is a capsule containing 75 mg of proanthocyanidins per day. Alternatively, 8 oz of unsweetened cranberry juice can be consumed 2-3 times daily. 

CarePro Advance Health carries Cranberry NS (concentrated extract) by Pure Encapsulations in 90 count bottles, and the recommended dose is 1-3 capsules daily in divided doses between meals. Ask a CarePro pharmacist if it is safe for you to treat or prevent a UTI with cranberry.