Cranberry Juice

Reviewed by Dr Jonah Mink, April 21'55 sec read

People have traditionally used 100% cranberry juice to help clear general UTI infections and speed up the recovery time.

But does cranberry juice help with a UTI (urinary tract infection)? 

Some studies suggest that cranberry juice or cranberry pills can be used as a preventative measure, especially in women who are at risk of these types of infections.

When it comes to the question “Can cranberry juice cure a UTI?”, the answer is a resounding no. It’s impossible to treat an infection you already have with cranberry juice.

However, some people have found that drinking cranberry juice is an effective way to alleviate pain and discomfort and to help prevent UTIs.

Both red and white cranberry juice supposedly contain compounds that may stop E.coli cells from adhering to cells in the urinary tract. They also contain antioxidants, including polyphenols, which are known for reducing inflammation.

There is no set guideline on how much cranberry juice to drink to ease or prevent UTI symptoms. That said, a common recommendation is approximately 400 millilitres of cranberry juice drink (containing at least 25 percent cranberry juice) per day.

Test at home, get treatment at the pharmacy

Locate a pharmacy