Can Cranberry Juice Promote Urinary Tract Health?

Cranberry Juice and Urinary Tract Health

We’ve all heard it from our mothers and other authorities- “just drink cranberry juice for Urinary Tract health and to keep from getting a Urinary Tract Infection or Kidney Infection”. It is true that cranberry juice in the correct form can be a great benefit in urinary health, but as the article below suggests, the variety found on most grocery store shelves is NOT the cranberry juice that one can benefit urinary health from. It is loaded with sugars that can cause huge issues with your immune system and is not healthy for your urinary tract.

Although the following article refers to a study with children, the same relates to adults as well.

Urinary TractFrom KidsHealth.org as published on KVUE.com Posted on September 11, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Researchers have found that cranberry juice made with high concentrations of proanthocyanidins (PACs) cut kids’ risk of repeat urinary tract infections by two-thirds, versus a comparison juice.

Before you run out to the grocery store and buy a bottle of cranberry juice, the ones that were used in the study were not of the supermarket garden variety. The juice used for the study contained high levels of the key ingredient, proanthocyanidins. PACs are believed to be the compound that gives cranberries their bacteria fighting preventative punch.

Many of the juices found on grocery shelves are packed with sugar and mixed with other juices. The PACs levels are more likely to be lower.

Researchers at theUniversityofBritish ColumbiainVancouver,Canada, enlisted 40 children who’d had least 2 urinary tract infections (UTI) in the past year. They randomly assigned the kids to drink one of two juices made for the study: a cranberry juice rich in PACs or a juice free of all “cranberry products.”

Over the next year, kids who drank the cranberry juice with high PACs had UTIs at a rate of 0.4 per child, compared with 1.15 in the comparison group.

The power of cranberries against UTIs “was initially regarded as an old wives’ tale,” said Dr. Hiep Nguyen of Boston Children’s Hospital, who was not involved in the study.

But Nguyen said he now often recommends cranberry – either juice or supplements – when kids have recurrent UTIs.

“It can be a great alternative to prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics,” Nguyen said. 

You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.kvue.com/news/health/kids-doctor/168923996.html

As the article suggest, when using cranberry juice as a healthy urinary tract staple- make sure to purchase cranberry juice in its raw form. No other juice additive or sugar should be on the label. The taste is a bit more tart, but one can easily get used to the non-sugary taste, especially when your goal is maintaining a healthy urinary tract. You will more than likely have to make a trip to your local health food store to find this variety of cranberry juice.

If drinking cranberry juice just isn’t your ‘cup of tea’ to make sure you do not get a urinary tract infection, consider the ideas that I have found that are easy and delicious- HERE.

Has unsweetened 100% cranberry juice helped you with your urinary health? If so, I’d love to hear about it- leave a post below.

 

Topic: Urinary Tract Health with Cranberry Juice