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Cranberry Juice Washes Away UTIs

Compounds prevent bacteria from sticking to tract lining

WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Cranberry juice may taste tangy, but it holds sweet relief for women who regularly suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Drinking cranberry juice can help prevent UTIs in some women, according to an article in the May 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Sexually active adult women with recurring UTIs are the most likely to reap benefits from regular doses of cranberry juice. Researchers have noted up to a 50 percent drop in infection rates among that group.

Doctors know that cranberries contain two compounds that keep infection-causing bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract, and have been studying the positive benefits since 1966.

However, the studies have not tended to be uniform, making it hard to compare them.

"In general, we need more clinical studies with different population groups, different dosages, and comparison between juice and capsules," author Dr. Raul Raz of Haemek Medical Center in Afula, Israel, said in a prepared statement.

More information

Here's where you can learn more about urinary tract infections.

SOURCES: Infectious Diseases Society of America, news release, May 2004
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