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    Cranberry Juice, Cranberry Pills and UTI's

    I know this has been kicked around a lot on this board but I thought I'd just post this anyway. Studies have shown that cranberry juice and even blueberry juice prevent E.coli from sticking to the walls of the bladder. http://www.pitt.edu/~cjm6/s99cranberry.html Another study suggested that the tannins in cranberries may actually act as antibacterial agents to treat drug resistant UTI's. http://pda.physorg.com/lofi-news-bac..._77194887.html
    Also, a study was conducted that suggested grape juice was just as effective as cranberry juice reducing the incidence of UTI's. http://www.welchs.com/press/utract.html The source is a press release from Welch's (which also performed this study) so take it with a grain of salt.....or pepper,lol.
    However, I cannot find any studies that say with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that cranberry pills actually prevent the incidence of UTI's or have any health benefits at all. In fact, one study indicated that taking too many cranberry pills can cause kidney stones. http://www.healthcentral.com/drdean/408/47859.html Cranberry pills have great variation in the amount of cranberry concentrate they contain and the number of pills recommended per day by the manufacturer differ greatly. My sense is that a lot of positive comments about cranberry pills preventing UTI's comes from anecdotal evidence based on manufacturers hype and client testimonials...not science.
    Having said that, I'll still be taking my cranberry pills and drinking my cranberry juice. I don't know if the pill dosage is safe or if the cranberry juice I drink definitely helps me but I haven't had a UTI in almost 9 years. Anyway, I thought it was interesting stuff.

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    Interesting smokey.
    How many pill a week? how much juice you drink a day? Just to see where I'm standing compare to you.
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    Steve

    Quote Originally Posted by smokey
    I know this has been kicked around a lot on this board but I thought I'd just post this anyway. Studies have shown that cranberry juice and even blueberry juice prevent E.coli from sticking to the walls of the bladder. http://www.pitt.edu/~cjm6/s99cranberry.html Another study suggested that the tannins in cranberries may actually act as antibacterial agents to treat drug resistant UTI's. http://pda.physorg.com/lofi-news-bac..._77194887.html
    Also, a study was conducted that suggested grape juice was just as effective as cranberry juice reducing the incidence of UTI's. http://www.welchs.com/press/utract.html The source is a press release from Welch's (which also performed this study) so take it with a grain of salt.....or pepper,lol.
    However, I cannot find any studies that say with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that cranberry pills actually prevent the incidence of UTI's or have any health benefits at all. In fact, one study indicated that taking too many cranberry pills can cause kidney stones. http://www.healthcentral.com/drdean/408/47859.html Cranberry pills have great variation in the amount of cranberry concentrate they contain and the number of pills recommended per day by the manufacturer differ greatly. My sense is that a lot of positive comments about cranberry pills preventing UTI's comes from anecdotal evidence based on manufacturers hype and client testimonials...not science.
    Having said that, I'll still be taking my cranberry pills and drinking my cranberry juice. I don't know if the pill dosage is safe or if the cranberry juice I drink definitely helps me but I haven't had a UTI in almost 9 years. Anyway, I thought it was interesting stuff.

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    I put my para son on cranberry pills after he developed 3 UTIs in the first six months following his accident.

    Can't say that they alone have reduced the UTIs or if it's that we're more vigilant in making sure he drinks enough water, but it seems to be working.

    He takes 2 cranberry pills a day, one in the morning and one at night. I can't recall the strength off the top of my head.
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    Steve, I drink approximately one 12oz. glass of cranberry juice in the morning and if we go out to eat I'll have another with dinner. I rarely drink carbonated beverages and don't drink beer, wine or booze anymore either. I probably drink eight 8oz. glasses of water each day also. It might sound boring but I got so fucking sick and tired of getting UTI's I had to change something. The cranberry pills I take right now have a dosage of 300mg and I take one in the morning and one at night. I used to take 475mg and 500mg before that but I can't find the pills anymore at Walmart. For me, I think anywhere around 300mg-500mg twice a day is the right dosage...but who knows? Some folks on this board say they take up to 2000mg/day though. I just buy generic cranberry pills from Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target or any major retailer. I used to buy Cran Magic pills from Concepts in Confidence but I think they are a rip-off...90 pills for $20.
    http://conceptsinconfidence.com/cata...les-p-498.html
    You can do much better with prices online or at the larger retailers in your area. They will even order them for you. I'm just saying my cranberry juice consumption and pill dosage seems to work for me. Everybody is different and might need more/less or don't need cranberry juice and pills at all and for others perhaps no amount of cranberry juice or pills will be beneficial. I just thought the studies were interesting for folks with SCI and I seem to have found the right balance for my needs.

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    Are blueberry helping the same way as cranberry? I can't take the cranberry because it gives me accidents but I don't have any trouble with blueberry.
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    I see they sell Cranberry Juice Cocktail and Cranberry Juice blend. Is one better than the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnaz
    I see they sell Cranberry Juice Cocktail and Cranberry Juice blend. Is one better than the other?
    You have to check the lables. The cocktails usually are mostly grape juice with cranberry as flavoring. and the sugar !!!
    go with the ones that say 100% cranberry. Now me, I drink it once in a while (smacking my own hand) I stick to my 2 pots of maxwellhouse a day, and water.
    I know, I know, but I'm a coffee junkie. But funny thing is, I haven't had a UTI in years.
    Deborah

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    The cocktail has corn syrup and said 30% cranberry juice. The blend said 100% cranberry with apple/grape juice added.

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    I go to a urologists who feels that the only person your benefits from the cranberry theory is Ocean Spray.
    He feels the amount that you would need to consume (liquid) to make any benefits will be difficult for people to do.
    But, every physician is different so take it for what it's worth to you.

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    I have always heard that lemons help from developing kidney stones.
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