Whether cranberry juice is good for a recurring uti is a question that has plagued consumers for years. This article examines cranberry juice’s anti-adhesive properties and its effectiveness for preventing recurrent uti.
You may have heard that cranberry extract is good for treating a urinary tract infection (UTI). Recent studies have shown that the benefits of cranberry juice are not as great as previously believed. These infections affect the bladder, urethra, kidneys, and ureters, and are often caused by bacteria.
In a study sponsored by Ocean Spray, a small reduction in the number of people experiencing urinary tract infection-like symptoms was observed. However, there was no statistically significant difference in the number urine samples that were positive for bacterial infections. It also found no significant difference in the number of women experiencing at least one UTI per year.
Although cranberry juice has antibacterial properties it doesn’t have any antimicrobial properties. An antibiotic is the best treatment for a UTI. Specifically, you should take a narrow-spectrum antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause the infection.
Its anti-adhesive qualities
Recent research has shown that cranberry juice is anti-adhesive against urinary tract infections. Condensed tannins in cranberry juice reduce biofilm formation and acidogenicity of Streptococcus Mutans. Its anti-adhesive properties are also preserved in the urine of humans after oral ingestion.
While the anti-adhesive property of cranberry juice has been widely recognized, its exact mechanism of action has not been elucidated. However, the cranberry juice contains phenolic compounds, which have been shown to inhibit adhesion of several uropathogenic bacteria. One study found that cranberry juice prevented enterococcal strains from adhering to uroepithelial cell lines. Its sensitivity was comparable to that of E. coli DSM 10791 and E. faecalis 04-1.
Other studies have found that cranberry juice’s anti-inflammatory properties are also useful against uropathogens. Scientists found that cranberry extract decreased the incidence of uti among mice in one study. It prevented bacteria from adhering to surgical implants and oral cells. The results suggest that cranberry extract is a good food supplement for those who don’t drink cranberry juice.
Its effectiveness in preventing recurrent uti
One study suggests that cranberry products can prevent recurrent UTIs without antibiotics. Ocean Spray researchers also provided cranberry products to the study participants. The company has since filed a petition with the FDA to market its cranberry products to the public.
The study found that healthy young women had a lower chance of developing recurrent UTIs than those who drank placebo drinks. Participants had to undergo a two-week antibiotic washout. The study included three women who were also taking daily prophylactic antibiotics. For two weeks, the women consumed 42 g of SDC daily. The researchers collected rectal swabs from participants at entry, after the first two weeks, and one day after the final SDC consumption.
The study also included a study done by researchers at the University of Vermont. The study also included women with recurrent UTI. The study’s results were published in Clin Infect Dis. The results of the study showed that cranberry juice did not significantly lower the risk of UTI in comparison to placebo in a small number of women.
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