Are Cranberries Effective Against UTI's?
In your search for an effective treatment against UTIs, or to improve UTI symptoms you may have seen Cranberry containing products. But do these products actually work?
In 2012 an independent international review of all clinical studies of cranberry containing products was undertaken. Known as a Cochrane Review the authors found that cranberry containing products were of no benefit compared to taking a placebo (a fake), in helping to keep the urinary tract healthy.
The review can be found here.
NPS MedicineWise agrees that the existing clinical trial evidence is weak and doesn’t currently support the use of cranberry juice or cranberry containing supplements.
A further study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This study examined the use of Cranberry in an elderly population. The study found no evidence of effectiveness in treating UTI with Cranberry.
They recommended avoiding cranberry products “in place of proven treatments for infections,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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