For centuries cranberry has been a popular folk remedy for urinary health. Research suggests that its benefits may be due to its ability to acidify the urine. A study done in mice and published in the Journal of Urology demonstrated that cranberry inhibited the adherence of Escherichia coli to the epithelial cells in urinary tracts by 80%. E. coli is the primary cause of urinary infections. Similar activity was found in human subjects as well. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has identified that certain compounds in cranberry, namely the condensed tannins or flavanoids (proanthocyanadins), are responsible for the anti-adherence effect. Several clinical studies have found cranberry juice beneficial in preventing UTI’s. The amount of juice required is 10 to 20 ounces per day and it may contain a fair amount of sugar and calories.
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