Monday July 16 2012
The Archives of Internal Medicine published a meta-analysis confirming the benefit of cranberry juice to prevent UTIs. They looked at 13 randomized controlled trials that consisted of 1600 subjects and found that the subjects who consumed cranberry products showed an approximate 30% lower rate of UTIs versus the controls. This effect was most notable in women with recurrent infections, in females and in children.
In the past, it was thought that cranberries were protective due to acidification of the urinary tract. However, it is now known that cranberries limit the ability of bacteria to attach to uroepithelial cells.
This means that if you are a women and if you prone to urinary tract infections, make sure to increase your consumption of cranberries and/or unsweetened cranberry juice to prevent further urinary tract infections!