Various studies have demonstrated that cranberry juice, tablets, and extract are not the “cure-all” to naturally treating or preventing UTI’s. Moreover, the studies were faulty due to participants that dropping out or not fully complying to study standards. However, a study from 2008 found cranberry products significantly reduced the incidence of UTIs at 12 months (RR 0.65, 95% CI 0.46 to 0.90) compared with placebo/control (water). Your best bet is to try our line of cranberry supplements if you have had success with cranberry and UTI treatment in the past.
THE QUESTION IS!: IS CONSUMING CRANBERRY JUICE REALLY WORTH INCREASING BLOOD SUGAR JUST TO “POSSIBLY” WARDING OFF THE CHANCES OF GETTING A FUTURE UTI?!
There are many low-sugar cranberry products on the market, but the research does not conclude a strong correlation between preventing UTIs in from recurring. Also, it is found that antibiotics are more effective in treating infection than cranberry products. However, taking antibiotics can actually kill the “good bacteria” in your gut, leading you to resistance and infection in the future.
Good News! Probiotics are bacteria in the body that are beneficial to one’s health. Probiotics are “good bacteria,” and though primarily thought of as aiding in the digestive system, probiotics are active in many parts of the body, including the bladder. Probiotics, which promote good microorganisms in your gut, have shown promising results in several trials for recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTI). Certain strains are found in the human flora helped to “prevent” infections in 100 women and ease their symptoms.
If you do need an antibiotic, check out our line of probiotics which can help prevent RUTIs, among many other benefits such as antibiotic resistance.
Fun Fact: Probiotics naturally occur in several foods such as yogurt, kefir, miso, kombucha and sauerkrat.