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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredAlternative health practitioners use cranberry products to inhibit symptoms of bladder infections. People also use cranberry to ease symptoms of urinary tract infections and kidney stones. While cranberry does not cure bacterial infections, it is used to ease painful, burning urination. People with other bladder problems may also use cranberry to reduce bothersome urine odors.
H. pylori infection:
Based on early research, cranberry may reduce the ability of Helicobacter pylori bacteria to live in the stomach and cause ulcers. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
Urinary tract infection (prevention):
There are multiple studies of cranberry (juice or capsules) for the prevention of urinary tract infections in healthy women, pregnant women, individuals with spinal cord injuries, and nursing home residents. While no single study convincingly demonstrates the ability of cranberry to prevent UTIs, the sum total of favorable evidence combined with laboratory research tends to support this use. It is not clear what dose is best. Cranberry seems to work by preventing bacteria from sticking to cells that line the bladder. Contrary to prior belief, urine acidification does not appear to play a role. Notably, many studies have been sponsored by the cranberry product manufacturer Ocean Spray®. Additional research is needed in this area before a strong recommendation can be made.
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