Cranberry may exert a beneficial effect on recurrent cystitis in women
Cranberries and cystitis
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) have been used in traditional herbal medicine for centuries to assist with conditions of the urinary tract.2 Today, cranberry juice and supplements are commonly used to reduce the risk and frequency of cystitis and to support urinary tract health. Bacterial adhesion to the eroepthelium is the initial step in the progression to development of cystitis and cranberries contain PAC (proanthocyanidins) which have anti-adhesion properities and therefore may exert a beneficial effect on recurrent cystitis in women.
Whilst cranberry juice is available, it often contains a lot of sugar, and unsweetened cranberry juice may be a little bitter or sour for most people.
Bio-Organics® offers concentrated cranberry supplements in two different strengths providing a more convenient way of obtaining the benefits of cranberry.
Other tips for protecting against cystitis:
- Drink at least 1 ½-2 L of water each day
- Never resist the urge to urinate
- (For women) after a bowel movement, wipe front to back to prevent bacteria from the anus entering the vagina
- Empty the bladder after sexual intercourse
- Avoid wearing underwear made out of synthetic fabrics. Cotton and other natural fibres let moisture escape whilst synthetic fabrics trap moisture, creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria
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- Head KA. Natural approaches to prevention and treatment of infections of the lower urinary tract. Altern Med Rev 2008;13(3): 227-44
- Howell A. Bioactive compounds in cranberries and their role in the prevention of urinary tract infections. Mol Nutr. Food Res 2007; 51:732 – 737