A recent study titled "Cranberries vs. Antibiotics to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections" by Beerepoot, et al. concluded that cranberries do, indeed, help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI’s).
The study compared premenopausal women suffering from recurrent UTI, half used an antibiotic—trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole, and half were given 500mg cranberry capsules twice daily.
The results? Both helped prevent recurrent UTI’s, with the antibiotic slightly being more effective. However, the women taking the antibiotic developed significant resistance to a number of antibiotics use to prevent and treat UTI’s, including Cipro.
The cranberry capsules administered were low-dose, and of course did not cause any antibiotic resistance. Cranberry, unlike antibiotics, does not kill bacteria. Instead, its constituents prevent pathogenic bacteria from ever sticking to the bladder wall. No bacteria means no infection in the first place. I’ll take that over trimethoprim… something any day!
“Cranberry has not only been shown clinically to prevent UTI, but it also has a wide range of other health benefits, including reducing certain risk factors for heart disease," said Amy B. Howell, Ph.D., from the Marucci Center for Blueberry Cranberry Research at Rutgers University.
So go put on your tart face and eat some cranberries!