(Reuters Health) People who regularly drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules are less likely to get urinary tract infections, a new review of past evidence suggests. Researchers found cranberry products seemed especially helpful for women who had trouble with recurrent UTIs.
Although cranberry juice and capsules are popular antidotes to the common bacterial infections, researchers haven't always been sure whether or how they might work. Recent evidence suggests certain compounds in cranberries - and maybe other berries as well - might prevent bacteria from attaching to tissue in the urinary tract, thereby warding off infections.
"What this is doing is solidifying what has been folklore for quite some time," said Dr. Deborah Wing, who has studied urinary tract infections…
"Finally, the science is catching up to what our mothers have been telling us for so many decades," she told Reuters Health.
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