Cranberry Juice Doesn’t Prevent UTI

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 12:50pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Cranberry Juice Doesn’t Prevent UTI
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  • Study shows that Cranberry Juice doesn’t prevent UTIs

A recent study disproved what has been taken as obvious. It showed that cranberry juice doesn’t prevent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

Cranberries and cranberry juice are said to fight urinary tract infections in females. A novel study finds that this is a myth that is at best exploded before more people fall for it hook, line and sinker.

The occupants of a nursing home took cranberry pills. They did not have fewer UTIs than those on a placebo. Many other studies on the health benefits of cranberries and cranberry juice have also taken place and they show no effects of these fruits on UTIs.

For those females who have acquired a taste for cranberries and cranberry juice, the advice for them is to continue the practice. These things are not harming them.

However, if they want to end any UTI, this action will not benefit them in the least bit. For one thing, even if it has any benefit as regards UTIs, the benefit is so little as to be ineffective.

UTIs plague females on a consistent basis. Since the female of the species has a reproductive system that is rather deeper in the body than the male’s, which is dangling outside the body, they face the danger of infection.

When bacteria infect the urinary tract, many women feel the urge to urinate despite having no urine to begin with. They also face a burning sensation while urinating. Frequency of urination and low levels of fever not to mention cloudy and bloody urine are some of the other symptoms.

While many times the body removes the infection by itself, sometimes it lingers and can affect the kidneys which is a cause for serious concern. Half of all the women in the nursing home had bacteriuria. Furthermore, pyuria (pus) was present in 90% of these residents of the nursing home.

Physicians normally prescribe antibiotics for UTIs. However, the germs that cause this disease are becoming immune to most antibiotics nowadays.

Thus the search is on for other means of preventing UTIs. Yet the common suggestion that is given to females to drink cranberry juice has proved to be a dud. It does not work. Period.

The conflicting studies that began showing up have disproved the common sense wisdom that cranberry juice prevents UTIs. It is high time that alternative medicine shifted its focus from cranberry juice as a means of preventing UTIs. The cure lies elsewhere and that is all there is to it.

The findings of this study got published in JAMA.

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