It’s hard to say which is worse.
Battling yet another urinary tract infection, with all the pain and mad dashes for the toilet. Or the fallout from the antibiotics used to treat it, which can have you rushing to the bathroom for a different reason.
It’s swapping one form of misery for another. Plus, docs prescribe the WRONG one nearly half the time.
But new research offers another way to beat the bacteria behind the burning pain and urgency that mark a UTI.
It’s a natural fix you’ve no doubt heard of before. But it’s often dismissed as a “folk” remedy. In fact, many mainstream docs will insist it doesn’t work at all.
And when you consider the source of this miracle fix, cranberries, it’s easy to believe them. After all, how can a fruit be any match for the bugs behind a urinary tract infection?
Except for the new study CONFIRMS, it’s the real deal. Cranberry works to help END UTIs. But only when you get the RIGHT form.
End urinary tract infections for good
Cranberry has been used for decades to fight urinary tract infections.
Some folks SWEAR by it, insisting they rarely pick up UTIs anymore. Others can’t see what the fuss is all about because they’ve tried it and got stuck with an infection anyway.
And the research has been all over the place too. Some studies confirm it helps drive down the infections. Other studies couldn’t confirm the benefits.
Now, the latest research reveals WHY there’s such inconsistency. And it’s NOT because cranberry doesn’t work. It’s because not everyone gets the right amount of the vital compound inside the berries that helps to block those infections.
They’re called A-type proanthocyanidins (or PACs for short). And unlike antibiotics which go on a brute-force killing spree, PACs don’t kill the bacteria behind the infection. They take a much subtler approach.
E. coli, and the other bugs behind urinary tract infections, rely on zillions of fimbriae – or tiny fuzzy arms – to stick to the walls of your urinary tract. But PACs coat the walls of the urinary tract where the bugs try to set up shop.
When the E. coli encounter the PACs, they change shape just enough that they can no longer hold on. And they end up getting flushed out when you pee.
Pick the RIGHT product for the job
Most forms of cranberry – drinks, supplements, and probably even the weird jelly stuff in the can we serve on Thanksgiving – have some PACs. But the new study finds they don’t always have the levels needed to help shut down urinary tract infections.
This would explain why study results are so mixed. And also why some women get UTI relief while others are left disappointed.
It’s not easy to tell which form offers the most bang for your buck at first glance, either. Take whole berry extract, for example. If you were shopping for a supplement, it SOUNDS like just the kind you want to take.
But the analysis finds the whole berry PAC levels are on the low side. According to the new research, the best form for fighting urinary tract infections is cranberry juice extract.
That last word is critical. Because it’s NOT just a cup of cranberry juice cocktail, we’re talking about here. It’s an EXTRACT made from the juice, which is sold as a highly concentrated supplement.
If you’ve tried cranberry for UTIs before and didn’t get the benefits you were hoping for, try a supplement that has a cranberry JUICE extract instead. You can find it in capsules or liquid forms at a reasonable price.
And if you still aren’t getting the results you want, consider d-mannose. This simple sugar extracted from fruits (including cranberries) can also stop bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract walls.