cranberry reduces risk of urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are incredibly common. Women are at higher risk than men, and children are also at higher risk. One of the most famous natural treatments for UTIs is cranberry. But does it really work?

A new systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 studies of cranberry and UTIs included 3,979 people. Though the study never says that cranberry was added to other medications, it calls it an “adjuvant therapy,” so it seems that it was.

Adding cranberry conclusively and significantly reduced the risk or recurrent UTI by 30% compared to placebo or control. Cranberry reduced the risk by 32% in women with recurrent UTIs, by 45% in children and by 51% in patients with indwelling catheters.

An earlier meta-analysis of 28 studies, including almost 5,000 people found that cranberry significantly reduces the incidence of UTIs by 32.5% (J Urol 2017;198(3):614-21).

PLoS One. 2021; 16(9): e0256992

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