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ctubs

Registered: March 15, 2011
Posts: 5
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Hi all,

Does drinking cranberry juice help to prevent cystitis?
Anyone know of a good brand that doesn't add sugar?

Thanks

Clare
DawnCOB

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Registered: Dec 2, 2003
Posts: 4,489
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Hi ,

Cranberry has been shown to help prevent certain types of bacteria from adhering to the bladder lining.  It is another issue finding juice that doesnt contain high levels of sugar.. some opt for capsules instead.
best wishes
Dawn

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Cystitis-Recurrent-Infections-in-Women.htm


Cranberry juice

There is now good evidence that cranberry products can, on average, reduce the number of bouts of cystitis. Cranberry is not an antibiotic and does not kill bacteria. A chemical in the cranberry product is thought to work by preventing certain bacteria from attaching to cells that line the bladder. Therefore, this helps to prevent bacteria from infecting the bladder and so helps to prevent (rather than cure) cystitis.

Some points about cranberry products include:

  • You can buy cranberry extracts (capsules, drinks, etc) from supermarkets, pharmacies and health stores. They are not available on the NHS.
  • The optimum dose is not yet clear. It is thought that a daily dose of a high-strength capsule (containing at least 200 mg of cranberry extract) is best as this is likely to be more effective than drinking cranberry juice.
  • Cranberry can react with certain medicines. In particular, it is unsafe to take with warfarin.
ctubs

Registered: March 15, 2011
Posts: 5
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Thanks. I bought light juice with no added sugar but it has sweeteners, are they bad too?

I tried cranberry capsules a few years ago and they didn't seem to help but I'll give it a go again. Any harm in taking them alongside vitamin c and zinc, mannose or uva ursi?
jeananne

Registered: May 9, 2009
Posts: 175
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Originally Posted by ctubs
Hi all,

Does drinking cranberry juice help to prevent cystitis?
Anyone know of a good brand that doesn't add sugar?

Thanks

Clare
  In my time I have used both, the juice and the capsules.  I believe that one session of cystitis, which was not treated for long enough, put me on the road to having an irritable bladder.  As I was trying to keep to a 'pre-diatbetic' diet, I found the pure juice had much too much sugar in it.  Then I went onto the low sugar variety.  Then I got cystitis again and had to go to doctors surgery in local hospital.
The doctor there said, cranberry juice should help but it had to be pure juice none of this concentrated stuff.  Anyway I have tried them and in the end decided I was wasting my money.  I think the best thing to do with products is to set a time taking them and see if you are any better. No one has bothered to tell me why I kept getting cystitis.which annoys me..  Hope you have some improvement.  regards Jean
ctubs

Registered: March 15, 2011
Posts: 5
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Thanks Jean that sounds like a good plan, I'm doing so much to prevent it at the moment it's hard to tell what's working and what isn't! GPs know almost nothing about cystitis and the NHS urologist I am seeing seems just as bad! Hope you get to the bottom of it soon. This site is the best source of information I've found on the subject so far. Good luck!
Clare
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