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Cranberry Juice for Cystitis

Does Cranberry juice work for Cystitis..? 

A urinary tract infection or UTI can sometimes afflict women. When it does, it’s a real pain the VJJ… literally!

CranberriesWell, what causes this infection, is mainly bacteria that finds its way into the urinary tract, which could include the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. Infections of the lower urinary tract (ie, bladder and urethra) commonly cause urinary urgency, pain during urination, or cloudy, dark urine. Less common and potentially more severe are infections of the upper urinary tract, which comprises the kidneys and ureters; kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is associated with fever, vomiting, and flank pain. If it reaches this stage, please see your physician immediately.

For mild cases of UTI, Cranberry juice is said to alleviate cystitis. It is particularly useful for women who suffer from recurrent cases.

cranberry-juiceSome studies have reviewed it and shown that there are small benefits in drinking Cranberry juice (pure and no sugar added) for women suffering from recurrent infections. Some research show that cranberry juice may offer some protection to some women – but only if they drink two glasses every day. Well, it works for some women, not all so it really depends on individual experience. I would recommend this to people who are sick of taking medication for cystitis and are looking for a natural remedy to use long term.

Urine alkanising agents such as sodium bicarbonate or potassium citrate, may help to relieve pain when urinating. However, there is currently a lack of clinical evidence for their effectiveness. Drinking cranberry juice is not thought to help relieve pain but may help to prevent outbreaks of recurrent cystitis.

Antibiotics however, are the first line of treatment for cystitis caused by bacteria. Which drugs are used and for how long depend on your overall health and the bacteria found in your urine. Most cases are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) , a type of bacteria found in the intestines. Still, cranberry juice might play a role in preventing the recurrence of cystitis in the long run.


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