What's with Cranberries that can help treat UTIs?
However, cranberry juice will not do the trick
“Cranberry juice, especially the juice concentrates you find at the grocery store, will not treat a UTI or bladder infection. It can offer more hydration and possibly wash bacteria from your body more effectively, but the active ingredient in cranberry is long gone by the time it reaches your bladder.”
– Dr. Timothy Boone, Ph.D
Is it safe to take cranberry juice or supplement if you are on antibiotic treatment?
Recent studies have shown that cranberry juice may affect the way the body absorbs and metabolizes antibiotics used to treat UTIs so it’s safe not to take cranberry when in antibiotic treatment.
Other benefits of cranberries
In addition to antioxidants, cranberry juice offers small amounts of several vitamins and minerals, including:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin K
So, what’s the conclusion?
Cranberries have many health benefits and can help reduce the risk of UTI.
But you should remember that there’s a certain concentration level of cranberry juice needed to be effective for the treatment of UTIs. Ditch the sweetened cranberry juice from the supermarket as it won’t be effective and opt for supplements instead.
Also, don’t consume cranberry if you’re on antibiotic treatment as recent studies have shown that cranberry juice may affect the way the body absorbs and metabolizes antibiotics used to treat UTIs.