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Probiotic and Cranberry Supplement May Help Reduce Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are infections of the urinary tract that either don’t respond to treatment or keep recurring. A supplement containing probiotics and cranberry may help reduce the number of recurring UTI’s as well as shorten the duration of infection.

Participants in the study included 90 pre-menopausal women who had been diagnosed with recurring UTI’s. They took a supplement containing more than 500 million CFU of Lactobacillus acidophilus PXN 35 and Lactobacillus plantarum PXN 47, 18 mg of cranberry proanthocyanidins, and vitamin A or a placebo daily for 26 weeks. All incidences of UTI’s were recorded.

At the end of the study period, participants in the supplement group had significantly fewer UTI’s compared to those in the placebo group, 9.1% vs 33.3%. The duration of infection was also significantly reduced in the supplement group, with an average of 5 days of infection compared to 12 days of infection in the placebo group. In addition, participants in the supplement group needed fewer antibiotic treatments, and the average length of antibiotic treatment was 40% shorter than in the placebo group.

The study was conducted by researchers from B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital, India. It was published online ahead of print on September 13, 2019 in the journal Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy.

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