I swear I just read that cranberries do nothing to prevent urinary tract infections. But now, early research from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, Holland, says that some alternative treatments, including cranberries, may actually help prevent UTIs.
Researchers admit to WebMD that cranberries don't work as well as antibiotics, but add that with antibiotic resistance growing, it might be time to try alternatives.
UTIs are more common in women. In fact, each woman's chance of developing a UTI is more than 50 percent. And many women are prone to UTIs. With each infection, your chance of having another one increases.
The researchers performed a study between cranberry capsules and antibiotics in more than 200 premenopausal women, each of whom suffered an average of seven UTIs each year. In a 12-month period, antibiotics lowered their number of UTIs to two; cranberry capsules to four. In addition, 85 percent of the women who took the antibiotics showed signs of resistance after the first month of treatment.
Bottom line: Talk to your doctor, especially if you are becoming antibiotic resistant. It might be worth adding some cranberries to your daily routine.