Urinary Tract Infections and Cranberry Juice

Increasing the intake of cranberry juice is reported as a natural remedy for treating active urinary tract infections (UTIs). Researchers have found that cranberry juice also helps prevent UTIs in some individuals. According to publishe research, the most likely group of individuals to gain from the preventative benefits of the cranberry include sexually active adult women who have recurrent problems with infection. In one study, women experienced a 50% drop in UTI infection rates. Cranberry’s infection fighting abilities are believed to stem from the presence of two compounds that work together to keep infection-causing bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract. One of the chemicals supposedly works by “wrapping” around the most common urinary tract infection bacteria E. coli and disabling it. While the cranberry seems to have traditional antibiotic activity against a host of other bacteria, health experts are not sure if it reaches the necessary concentrations in the bladder to work in this same manner.