Cranberry 'can prevent urinary tract infections'

10 July 2012

There is a link between the consumption of products containing cranberry and the reduction of urinary tract infections, according to a new study.

Research carried out by experts at the National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine suggests that the long-held belief that cranberry-containing products can help to avert urological problems appears to be true.

Scientists led by Dr Chih-Hung Wang, a resident at the facility, analysed 13 trials including 1,616 participants and found that the risk level for urinary tract problems among those who consumed cranberry was 0.62, almost half that of cranberry users.

"Cranberry-containing products tend to be more effective in women with recurrent UTIs, female populations, children, cranberry juice drinkers, and people using cranberry-containing products more than twice daily," the authors write in the study, which was published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Dr Wang said the results support the theory that consumption of cranberry-containing products may protect against urinary tract infections, but further research is needed to take into account the substantial heterogeneity across trials.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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