How Cranberry Extract Can Alleviate Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
According to the Mayo Clinic, women are more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs). The most common symptoms are as follows:
- A strong, persistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone
What your symptoms may be a sign of, especially a UTI
It may well be that you have experienced or are experiencing one or a number of the above symptoms, which, after doing some online research, has led you to this page, particularly if you are more inclined to look for natural remedies to common ailments. This is good news, but rather than simply tell you that our ClearFlo MD or Cysta-Q is what you need, we’d prefer to explain why these would be sensible choice when looking for help with any of the following:
- Urinary tract infection
- Bladder infection
- Interstitial cystitis
- Recurring UTIs
Understanding how cranberry extract better helps with recurring UTIs, bladder infections and interstitial cystitis than antibiotics
Most UTIs in women are either in the bladder – known a cystitis, or in the urethra – known as urethritis. These infections are bacterial in nature, usually Escherichia coli (E. coli) being the culprit. These bacteria attach themselves to the body using an adhesin protein comprising pili which use fimbriae as the attachment mechanism. It has been shown that antibiotics are effective against most UTIs, but the downside of many of today’s antibiotics is that they can lead to an increased likelihood of a fungal infection – pretty much a case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire! Surely it makes more sense to reduce the risk of contracting a UTI than treating it once you have begun to suffer with the symptoms?
According to a research article in the National Center for Biotechnical Information, “cranberries work principally by preventing the adhesion of type 1 and p-fimbriae strains (particularly from E. coli) to the urothelium. Without adhesion, the bacteria cannot infect the mucosal surface.” Bingo! A natural way to reduce the likelihood of contracting a UTI while also avoiding the risk of getting a fungal infection.
ClearFlo MD or Cysta-Q for prevention of recurring UTIs
At Farr Labs we have two excellent natural supplement products, ClearFlo-MD and Cysta-Q which are both ideal and have been clinically proven to be beneficial for bladder health, the former especially good for reducing the risk of recurring UTIs. Why do we recommend supplements as opposed to cranberry juice itself? For two reasons. First, the sugars in cranberry juice mean a higher calorific intake (one cup of cranberry juice contains approximately 110 calories!) and second, a tablet is far easier to take to obtain the required high dose of critical ingredients in cranberries than drinking cartons of juice…
If you are unsure which of these two products may be best for you, don’t be afraid to get in contact with us and we will be more than happy to assist you with your choice.