A new meta-analysis has led scientist to conclude Cranberry should be used as the first step for the reduction of recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) and healthcare professionals should be telling their patients about this effective, low risk and low cost way to help prevent the reoccurrence of Urinary Tract Infections.
Data from 28 different studies involving almost 5,000 participants was reviewed for this meta-analysis. A statistically significant reduction in the risk of recurrent UTI’s overall was seen with Cranberry product supplementation. Researchers stated recommendations for the duration of treatment and the dosage of Cranberry supplementation would require further study.
Researchers believe that the beneficial properties of Cranberries may be due to their individual polyphenol, proanthocyanidins (PACs) which support the body in its fight to inhibit bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. With the push to reduce the use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, researchers and health care practitioners are always looking for alternative therapies to prevent common infections. It is believed that over 1/3 of women in the U.S. will have a UTI by the time they reach 24.
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