Cranberry Juice May Reduce Risk of Recurring UTIs
Cranberry juice is often recommended to combat urinary tract infections and two recent studies suggests that consuming cranberry capsules or cranberry juice daily may in fact reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections in healthy women.
For their analysis, researchers examined data from seven randomized controlled trials that included 1,498 women. After examining the data, the researchers found that the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection was reduced by 23% in women who used a cranberry capsule intervention after having a UTI.
In a related study, researchers examined data from another study that included 373 women with a recent history of UTI. The women took either 240 mL of a cranberry drink or a placebo daily for 24 weeks. At the conclusion of the study, the cranberry juice group had 39 investigator-diagnosed episodes of clinical UTI, compared with 66 in the placebo group.
Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine conducted the first study, which was published in the April 2017 issue of FASEB. The second study was conducted by researchers at Midwest Biomedical Research and was also published in the April 2017 issue of FASEB.
Cranberries are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidants. They have been shown to provide a lengthy list of health benefits including improved urological health, heart health protection, and help controlling excess inflammation. They also have been linked with a decrease in plaque formation on teeth and improved cholesterol levels.