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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
    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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