Urinary tract infections, also known as UTIs, affect millions of people around the world each year. The standard treatment for these infections is antibiotics, which will resolve the infection.
However, some people would prefer not to take antibiotics, especially if they suffer from frequent infections. Although cranberries aren’t used to treat a UTI, they do appear to be an effective remedy to prevent infections from recurring.
A Natural Treatment To Avoid Painful Infections
Many studies have looked into the benefits of using cranberries for the prevention of urinary tract infections. Treating these infections with antibiotics can be expensive and some doctors also prescribe antibiotics for those who suffer from recurrent infections.
However, antibiotics may take several days to begin working. Urinary tract infections are painful as well, and most people would prefer to avoid suffering from one whenever possible.
How Cranberries Work to Prevent UTIs
Researchers have studied why cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections. They found the berries seem to work by keeping harmful bacteria in the urinary tract from sticking to other bacteria. This keeps the bacteria from being able to multiply and grow. The beneficial ingredients in cranberries often begin working in the urinary tract within less than half a day.
Cranberries Offer Most Benefits For Women
Cranberries seem to be particularly helpful for women who suffer from repeated UTIs. Various studies looked at the results men, women and children had when using cranberries to improve the health of their urinary tract. Women seem to benefit the most from using cranberries, or cranberry products, though they seem to be helpful for just about everyone.
Stick With Cranberries To Get Results
Consistent use is the most important factor in determining whether cranberries will improve the health of a person’s urinary tract and help to reduce the incidence of infections. In some studies, people stopped using cranberry juice because they didn’t like the taste.
In such cases, cranberry pills could offer similar benefits. However, it’s important to know how potent the pills are if they will be used to prevent UTIs.
Although small studies showed better results from using cranberries and cranberry products to prevent urinary tract infections, when compared with other treatments, larger studies didn’t show the same results. However, cranberries have been said to be about as effective as antibiotics when it comes to preventing infections. For those who would prefer an alternative to antibiotics, cranberries can be a good substitute.
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