Cranberry juice may not cure your urinary tract infection (UTI), but this ingredient in the juice may help.
If you have had a urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, you may want a way to treat this without going to your local doctor for an antibiotic. The American Urological Association (AUA) suggests UTI’s happen to up to 60% of women at some point in their lives.
Cranberry juice has been a common self-help cure that people have thought would resolve many infections. Research is actually inconclusive on this according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
According to the blog Explore Health, the substance inside the fruit is called proanthocyanidin (PAC) can help reduce these infections, but must be consumed in large quantities only available as a supplement. Drinking cranberry juice itself also has added sugars which can actually worsen these infections.
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By Joni Sweet January 14, 2022
Making an emergency run to the grocery store to stock up on cranberry juice at the first sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) has become practically a ritual for women prone to this common health issue. The beverage has long been considered a home remedy for warding off these annoying infections, which, per the American Urological Association (AUA), happen to up to 60% of women at some point in their lives.
But does cranberry juice actually prevent a UTI?
There’s little high-quality research, overall, on the effectiveness of cranberry products on UTIs, says the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). And what evidence exists on cranberry juice, in particular, for reducing the risk of recurrent UTIs is “limited and inconsistent,” per the US Food and Drug Administration.