Cranberries: Not a Cure for UTI

Though delicious and high in vitamin C, cranberries and cranberry juice are not the answer when it comes to curing or preventing urinary tract infections. Touted as a UTI remedy for centuries, considerable research about the potential benefits has been done.

Some of these studies have suggested that cranberries can help reduce the risk for repeat infections. Others have found the berries contain a substance that prevents bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract. But according to the results of a recent study and an editorial published in JAMA, there is no proven benefit.

UTIs are more common in women—up to 50 percent of women will have at least one—and in older men. Infections can cause fever, fatigue, and malaise. Treatment involves rest, pain relievers, and antibiotics. It also helps to stay well-hydrated. Perhaps that's where the cranberry juice comes in.

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Sourced from: The New York Times