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Cranberries for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections


Jepson, R.G., Williams, G. and Craig, J.C

Subject Keywords: Cranberry products, Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Type: Article
Region: International (other)

Cranberries have been used widely for several decades for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This is the third update of this review first published in 1998 and updated in 2004 and 2008.

Cranberries (usually as cranberry juice) have been used to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries contain a substance that can prevent bacteria from sticking on the walls of the bladder. This may help prevent bladder and other UTIs. This review identified 24 studies (4473 participants) comparing cranberry products with control or alternative treatments. There was a small trend towards fewer UTIs in people taking cranberry product compared to placebo or no treatment but this was not a significant finding. Many people in the studies stopped drinking the juice, suggesting it may not be a acceptable intervention. Cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing UTIs and may be unacceptable to consume in the long term. Cranberry products (such as tablets or capsules) were also ineffective (although had the same effect as taking antibiotics), possibly due to lack of potency of the 'active ingredient'.



Rights: © The Cochrane Collaboration
Suggested citation:

Jepson, R.G., Williams, G. and Craig, J.C. (2012) Cranberries for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd September 2019].


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