Cystitis and Bladder Infections - the Mighty Cranberry
Saturday, October 25th 2003
The effectiveness of treating urinary tract infections (UTI) with Cranberries has been known for many years. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey isolated compounds called proanthcyanidins as the active agent in Cranberries that prevents E coli bacteria from attaching itself to the walls of the urinary tract (N Eng J of Med 1998; 339: 1085-6).
Cranberry also appears to reduce the amount of calcium in the urine that leads to the formation of kidney stones.
Many elderly women have high amounts of bacteria (primarily E coli) in their urine without the symptoms of a UTI. A recent study with elderly women (average age 78 years) indicated that use of Cranberry reduced the amount of bacteria in their urine. This is important because high bacteria levels in the urine of these women makes them more susceptible not only to UTI's but also kidney infections.
Cranberry extract has been found to be the most potent form. Nature's Way Standardised Cranberry Extract are vegetarian capsules containing unsweetened Cranberry juice concentrated 90 X. This gives an equivalent of 36,000mg per capsule or 18grams of fresh juice.
Cranberries have no known interactions with antibiotics or other drugs and they are safe for children as well as during pregnancy and lactation. Cranberries have no known interactions with antibiotics or other drugs and they are safe for children as well as during and lactation.
In all cases of Urinary Tract Infection, please seek advice from your health care professional.
Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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