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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) - An old remedy with modern research

Thursday March 7, 2019


International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March 2019. Viridian Nutrition puts the spotlight on women’s health.

Cranberries are well known for their tart flavour in sauces and juice, but they also have a long history of use as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (UTI, also known as acute cystitis or a bladder infection), attracting a great deal of scientific interest for the last 100 years.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 women will have a urinary tract infection during their life, and UTIs have a very high (up to 20%) risk of recurrence. Safe and effective ways to prevent recurring UTIs are therefore very important and this is the main use of cranberry.

The berries are rich in nutrients that prevent infections taking hold, and a review of several studies using juice, powders and capsules demonstrated a significant benefit in those that provide at least 36mg proanthocyanidins daily, so check labels carefully.



Other natural approaches include alkalizing the urine with Potassium Citrate, preventing overgrowth of bad bacteria by taking probiotics and taking D-Mannose, a nutrient that reduces the development of infections.

Try probiotic and cranberry capsules for long-term prevention, and alkalizing powders with D-Mannose for faster relief.

The information contained in this blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking prescribed medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.

The food supplements mentioned in this blog can be found in specialist health food stores. Click here to locate your local specialist health food store.


TAGS: Womens Healthwomen's health, UTI, Microbiome, Cranberry


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