Not many problems are so prevalent in women as urinary tract infections (UTI). Half of all women have had at least one while up to one third of women will suffer with recurrent UTIs. So it’s natural to search for a cure that is readily accessible and safe. Antibiotics have their own problems and cranberry juice has been found to help prevent infections. It’s thought to do this by preventing the bacteria from attaching itself to the walls of the bladder. Once the bacteria dig in to the bladder wall, they can grow and multiply.
In a recent CNN article, this question of cranberry juice versus antibiotics was addressed. A study done in Europe found that women with recurrent UTIs did better on antibiotics than cranberry juice.
Women with a history of recurring UTIs who took cranberry supplements for one year had an average of four infections during that time, compared with 1.8 infections in a similar group of women who took a daily low-dose antibiotic, the study found.
Before you storm your doctor’s office and ditch the juice, consider this: women taking low dose antibiotics also had a higher rate of resistance to bacteria. This means that when you take that antibiotic for a long enough time, it’s harder for that same antibiotic to kill the bacteria.
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