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Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common among women, so anyone can get UTI. When bacteria comes into contact with the urethra and enters the bladder, it leads to infection. Besides, a UTI can also be due to inflammation of the urinary tract.
Painful urination, which may be accompanied by blood and increased urge to urinate is a major symptom of UTI. Other symptoms include:
Now the thing is that women are more prone to UTI, due to a short urethra. Hence, females must stay aware of the signs of UTI and how it can affect the body. We’ve often heard of the wonders of cranberry juice to treat UTI, but is it really helpful or is it just a myth?
Cranberries have long been the focus of interest for their beneficial effects in preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Some even consider it as a “home remedy”. There’s some indication that cranberry products, in either juice, cranberry extract, or tablet form, may have infection-fighting properties, but the benefit is small. It’s also important to take antibiotics to prevent another UTI.
But, according to a review published in PubMed Central, cranberry juice contains compounds that may prevent E. coli (the most common type of bacteria that causes UTI) cells from attaching to cells in the urinary tract. It also contains antioxidants, including polyphenols, which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Using cranberry products to prevent UTIs may be expensive, and some women complain of the taste. No single concentration of cranberry juice, extract, or supplement has been studied well, so it’s hard to know which product to choose. If you do want to try cranberry juice to prevent UTIs, it’s better to drink pure, unsweetened cranberry juice (rather than a cranberry juice cocktail). Drinking a cranberry juice cocktail doesn’t seem to prevent UTIs better than drinking any other fruit juice.
All in all, there is no solid study or proof that can justify the effectiveness of cranberries to cure a UTI and it is not well tested as a UTI treatment.
If you decide to have cranberry juice to treat UTI, it’s best to talk to your doctor first.