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cranberryjuiceIs it true that drinking cranberry juice can cure a cranberry juice urinary tract infection? According to Dr David Malouf, president of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, “There is no evidence that cranberry juice or cranberry tablets will treat an established infection. A bladder infection should be managed with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. An untreated infection can spread to the kidneys (called pyelonephritis), which can make the patient very unwell.”

“However, there is evidence that regular cranberry juice or cranberry tablets may reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the first place. The current thinking is that cranberry stops the bacteria – the germs that cause UTIs – from adhering to the bladder wall. It’s one of several strategies a patient with recurrent UTIs might try to reduce the chance of re-infection.”

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