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Cranberries versus UTI

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be very upsetting parts of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder and/or urethra. Over 3 million Americans, primarily women, experience a UTI more than once a year.

UTI is characterized by frequent, painful urination, pelvic pain and traces blood in the urine. This infection is short-lasting, and most patients are able to identify it with ease.
Buying a box of cranberry juice is the first thing that most people would do. According to a new research cranberry capsules can help cure the infection.  The healing properties of cranberry juice, however, may be a little exaggerated.

Researchers from Houston, Texas decided to compare the healing attributes of cranberries and cranberry capsules.
The research team studied 160 adults who were subjected to an elective gynecological surgery. On average, up to 65 percent of women who had gynecological surgery developed a UTI after the removal of the catheter.

Over a period of six weeks after the surgery, 80 of the 160 patients were given two cranberry capsules twice daily. Two capsules equal in strength two 8-ounce servings of juice. The other half was given a placebo.
Cranberry capsules reduced the risk of UTIs by more than 50 percent. Within the cranberry treatment group, 19 percent of patients got a UTI, compared with 38 percent of the group that took a placebo.

A capsule of cranberry turns out a lot more effective than any astronomical quantity of pure cranberry juice.
Researchers say that the symptoms of UTI and an overactive bladder are almost identical. People are encouraged to seek professional help if any adverse symptoms appear, in order to prevent UTIs from developing into a serious kidney infection.

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