A new study confirms that cranberry juice and other cranberry products can help prevent UTIs in some people.
But it may take more than a glass of cranberry juice in the morning to do the trick, and cranberries may benefit some people more than others.
Each year in the U.S., UTIs cause more than 7,000,000 doctor visits and 100,000 hospitalizations, according to statistics cited in the new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Urinary tract infections are typically caused by bacteria that enter the bladder or kidneys from the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder. UTIs are more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of UTIs may include:
- Pain or burning during urination
- Frequent urination
- Tenderness in the belly
- Foul-smelling or cloudy urine
- Fever and chills
- Nausea and vomiting