Daily Health Tips update for August 14:
The answer is yes! Researchers at National Taiwan University have confirmed the old wives’ tale that cranberry can prevent urinary tract infections after analyzing 13 previous studies. They found that people who consumed cranberry products had a 38% lower risk of having a UTI than people who didn’t.
The results were even higher for women with recurrent UTIs—they saw a 47% lower risk after taking cranberry products. The study’s author says cranberries are found to interfere with the attachment of bacteria to cells that line the urinary tract, thereby potentially preventing infection. The exact dosage of cranberry has not been determined, but the study found that it was most successful in people who consumed cranberry products more than twice a day.