Q. Are cranberries a cure for Urinary Tract Infection?
A.No. Research shows that cranberries have little or no effect at all on patients with UTI. Research, however, supports the claim that cranberries prevent UTI-causing bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract. In a research conducted among aged females, intake of cranberry extracts resulted in a reduced number of bacteria in the bladder as compared to those who only took placebos. Another study conducted on young females who have experienced cases of UTI show that intake of the supplement led to a reduced number of UTI cases.
Q. How about cranberry for ulcers?
A.Two recent studies conducted to find out whether or not cranberries can cure stomach ulcers show the possibility of such. In those studies, researchers observed the effect of cranberry on the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria causing stomach ulcers. The experiment showed that cranberry prevented the bacteria from attaching to the stomach walls, leading to the conclusion that cranberry supplementation may help in the prevention of stomach ulcers. More research in this regard, however, is needed.
Q. What are other medical uses for cranberry?
Researchers are currently looking into the medical uses of cranberry for the following medical conditions:
- High cholesterol: Results from a recent preliminary study on the effect of cranberry juice on cholesterol levels show a promising use for the fruit.
- Cancer: While researchers are still looking for more data to support the claim that cranberries can help cure cancer, several test tube and animal studies indicate the strong possibility of such.
- Virus: Additional research is needed to support initial findings on the ability of cranberry to fight off virus.
Q. I have kidney stones, is this cranberry supplement safe for me?
A. Cranberry contains quite a high level of oxalate, which may increase kidney stone formation in some individuals. Do consult a medical professional before deciding to take this supplement.