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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What form does Cranberry need to be to be effective for UTI prevention?

    I just want to understand whether its all forms of cranberries that help with uti prevention. I recently bought a large bag of semi dried cranberries and my idea was to have a few a day instead of drinking cranberry juice that has heaps of sugar and/or preservatives.
    But I just read some article saying that the benefits are thought to come from a reaction with the fruit juice.
    Anyways - I would just like some clarity in understanding if the dried cranberries are going to work, how many I should have a day and if there is anything I should avoid eating them with at the same time that will minimise their effect (for example milk).
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    Joy Anderson

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in … View Profile

    This is not a straightforward question to answer. There is doubt over whether cranberries actually are effective for this at all. Recent research has cast further doubt. See http://www.webmd.com/news/20121016/cranberries-unlikely-prevent-utis
    If they do help in preventing UTIs at all, it is not established what dose or way of extracting the active ingredients should be.

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