supplements can provide you with an exact, pharmacologically effective
daily dose against urinary tract bacterial infections. Cranberry extract
is high in natural vitamin C and other natural antioxidants (proanthocyanidines)
and tannins that keep bacteria (E. coli) from clinging to the walls of
the urinary bladder and the urinary tract.
The urinary tract
is vulnerable to chronic bacterial infections because of the ability of
bacteria to bind to the wall of the bladder and urethra. Therefore, chronic
urinary tract infections cause discomfort to many people, especially women,
since the female urethra is only two inches long and straight, making
it easy for bacteria to reach the bladder.
also may be effective for patients who have difficulty emptying their
bladder, such as men with enlarged prostates or patients with neurological
abnormalities including stroke or spina bifida. When urine remains in
the bladder, bacteria have a greater chance of attaching to the bladder
cranberry juice is indicated as an effective treatment for urinary tract
infections, most cranberry juices on the market contain one-third cranberry
juice mixed with water and sugar. Since sugar has such a detrimental effect
on the immune system, sweetened cranberry juice cannot be recommended.