Women who suffer from reoccurring bladder infections may want to consider drinking cranberry juice.
A new review of 13 studies by researchers from National Taiwan University found that cranberry users were 38 percent less likely to develop bladder infections or urinary tract infections. The analysis was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The authors noted that juice appeared to be more effective than capsules containing cranberry extract, but they couldn’t determine why. One theory is that juice helps flush out bacteria but it could be due to other things, the researchers wrote.
“Cranberry-containing products tend to be more effective in women with recurrent UTIs, female populations, children, cranberry juice drinkers, and people using cranberry-containing products more than twice daily,” the authors wrote.
Researchers also warned that cranberry juice contains a significant amount of sugar, which many people must avoid due to diabetes.
Always seek a doctor if you think you have a bladder infection.