Myth or Fact: Cranberries are an effective UTI prevention treatment
We have all heard that cranberries are a natural means of treating and preventing urinary tract infections, but do we know for a fact that this is an effective remedy? Or is it simply an old wives tale? Well, according to a number of studies the evidence points to yes, we know this to be a FACT!
Here’s an excerpt form Cranberries Help More Than Urinary Tract Infections!
“The use of cranberries is most effective in treating women with recurrent urinary tract infections.
D-mannose, a naturally occurring sugar that is found in cranberries is extremely effective in the treatment and prevention of UTIs. So much so that it is becoming more widely used as a natural alternative to antibiotics which are typically prescribed for this condition. One study found that “D-mannose powder had significantly reduced the risk of recurrent UTI” in a group of women with a history of recurrent UTI. This is great news considering that the antibiotics most often prescribed for a UTI destroy the “good” bacteria that help to protect against infection caused by the “bad” (pathogenic) bacteria.
There are no known adverse side effects associated with D-mannose supplementation and because the body processes it differently than it does other sugars, it is safe for those avoiding sugar…”
But honestly, the best thing about cranberries is their tangy-sweet flavor! Partner them up with a few more fruits and some select spices, and you have one delicious smoothie!
Here’s a recipe that is one of my faves!
- ¼ cup of fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup fresh black currants
- 2 slices of apricot
- 2 slices of apple
- 1 tbsp. ginger
Combine all ingredients in blender.