CN Digital StudioSarah Jio, Glamour magazine
Every woman knows about cranberries' so-called UTI-zapping properties. But do they really work? Researchers put them to the test...
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While past studies have flip-flopped on the subject, researchers in Taiwan say, yes, cranberries do help prevent urinary tract infections. And cranberry juice counts too! But, don't try to treat your infection with cranberries--it won't work. The berries work to keep the urinary tract free of harmful bacteria, but they don't treat a raging infection once it's begun. Best to go see your doc and drink lots of water.
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One note: Beware of cranberry juice "cocktail," which is essential cranberry Kool-Aid. All the extra sugar could have a negative effect for your body. And, some docs believe that too much sugar actually feeds bacteria (not exactly the result you're after).
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Do you drink cranberry juice or eat cranberries regularly with UTI-prevention in mind?
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