A new study found consumption of cranberry juice reduced urinary tract infections (UTI’s) in women with a history of these types of infections. Due to recent rises in antibiotic resistance, urinary tract infections, which are extremely common, have grown more difficult to treat.
Over 350 women participated in this study after having met the eligibility requirements which required individuals to have had a recent history of at least 2 UTI’s which had been treated by a health care professional within the last year. 185 women were assigned cranberry juice while the remainders of the participants were assigned to receive a placebo. Participants were prohibited from consuming blueberries or any product derived in any form from blueberries or cranberries. Also participants were not allowed to consume probiotics or any products containing probiotics. The study lasted 24 weeks.
A 39% reduction in UTI’s was measured during the study period in the group consuming the Cranberry beverage when compared to the placebo. In previous clinical trials on UTI’s and cranberries conflicting results were seen but it is believed the majority of the negative studies may have been using substandard cranberry products.
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