Many use cranberries to help fight UTI's but does it really work?
Originally, cranberries were thought to change the pH in the bladder and help prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) but more recent studies don't seem to confirm such. Then, a molecule called proanthocyanidins (or PACX) was found in women’s urine after drinking cranberry juice. “It was thought that the molecule would prevent bacteria from adhering to the wall of the bladder,” but there's not been strong supporting evidence for that.
However, many use cranberry supplements and believe they do make a difference.
So what do the experts say about cranberries and UTI's?
Cranberries are referred to as a "superfood". They're low in calories and high in antioxidants and nutrients. They're loaded with vitamin C, which means they can help boost your immunity, as well. In addition they contain fiber and vitamin E. They're also thought to prevent heart disease and slow tumor growth. In a recent article, a doctor's response was "there’s really no harm in drinking cranberry juice if they think it might have an effect on their UTI situation — not only is it a healthy drink, but staying hydrated can also help you flush out infection." However, keep in mind that people taking blood thinners and those at risk of kidney stones might want to avoid cranberries according to a registered dietitian and nutritionist in the same article.
Those that use intermittent catheters are at a higher risk of UTI's. There are catheters designed to reduce that risk including closed catheter systems with introducer tips that allow the catheter to bypass bacteria. Go Medical has them in stock. One popular option is this closed system catheter. We also stock infection control indwelling catheters.
If you are interested in using a cranberry supplement, GO Medical sells them for $8.99 per bottle of 100.
Please comment on your experiences with cranberries and UTI's.