Cures for Cystitis
Each year, approximately 3 million Americans suffer from Urinary Tract Infection, an infection which can collectively affect the bladder, urinary system, kidney and urethra. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the majority of patients, which are treated for UTI, are women and the infection can be cause by several types of bacteria in the urinary tract. You can read more about UTIs here.
This infection has short lived symptoms, like the consistent urge to pee, painful urination, and blood in the urine or pelvic pain. Most doctors advise their patients to treat their UTI symptoms with proper antibiotics rather than herbal remedies, but many people believe that cranberries pills that can be easily bought from any pharmacy can have miraculous results on the condition. The prevailing belief that cranberry juice can cure Urinary Tract Infection might not be rooted in fact after all.
Although people, who drink it regularly to cure their UTI infections, may be able to ease their symptoms but not completely help their medical condition. Cranberry juice, especially the juice concentrates, which can easily be conveniently bought in a health store or a grocery store, will not cure a Urinary Tract Infection or a balder infection. In contrast to its ability to cure the condition completely, cranberry juice does offer patients enhanced hydration. Moreover, it can also help flush out the bacteria from the body effectively without any side effects.
The active ingredient present in cranberry juice is quite effective against the bacterial infection that causes UTI. This effective ingredient is most commonly known as A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs). One thing which needs to be clarified is that this ingredient can only be stabilized and added to cranberry capsules and is not inherently present in the juice form. The reason for that is that it takes a substantial quantity of cranberries to prevent or to make any difference on the eradication of the UTI bacterial infection and the juice is simply not potent enough to do that job effectively. The cranberry juice that we buy from the grocery store is not going to cure your Urinary Tract Infection. Ingredients in the cranberry juice disintegrate into separate compounds and by the time they reach the bladder or the urinary tract, most of the natural enzymes and the effective medicinal compounds in the juice are already broken down and are long gone.
Cranberries have been the focus of several research studies, due to their ability to ease the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection. Cranberries contain two compounds that have anti-adherence characteristics that prevent the Escherichia coli from sticking to the uroepithelial cells in the urinary tract. A research study stated that taking cranberry capsules daily can significantly decrease the chances of Urinary Tract Infection by 50% in women, who went through a gynecological surgery and had a catheter inside during the process.
In this research study the scientist took 16 ounces of cranberry juice and concentrated their potency to fit inside a single capsule. Such a high amount of cranberry juice can help prevent an infection, but whether it can cure UTI as well, is something scientists are still working on.
Untreated urinary tract infections can cause problems so we recommend that you speak to your GP, who may be prepared to prescribe antibiotics such as Cefalexin, Trimethoprim or Nitrofurantoin. Women are much more prone to UTIs than men and sometimes women are prescribed antibiotics in advance of need so that they can commence treatment as soon as the symptoms present. If you cannot get to see your GP urgently then there are private GP services online these days where you can get a prescription sent. One long established service in the field is The Online Clinic and there are newer app based services such as Dr Now.