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Cranberry Juice Quenches Urinary Tract Infections
Published Thursday, January 31, 2008

BALTIMORE óAccording to a Cochrane Systematic Review published online, evidence may prove cranberry juice or cranberry capsules could help in preventing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIís) in women (Jepson RG, Craig JC. "Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections." Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008; Issue 1).

Two authors independently assessed the methods, participants, interventions and outcomes of 10 trials (n=1,049, five crossover, five parallel groups). Cranberry/cranberry-lingonberry juice versus placebo, juice or water was evaluated in seven studies, and cranberry tablets versus placebo were evaluated in four studies (one study evaluated both juice and tablets).

Results showed cranberry products significantly reduced the incidence of UTIís over a 12 month period compared with the placebo/control groups, particularly for women with recurrent UTIís. Side effects were common in all studies, and dropouts/withdrawals in several of the studies were high.


This abstract provided courtesy of Natural Products Industry Insider, published by Virgo Publishing Inc.

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