Almost every woman will have cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder usually due to a bacterial infection) at least once, and about 20 per cent will get it again. The usual treatment for recurrent cystitis is antibiotics, but GPs may prefer not to prescribe them because of the risk of antibiotic resistance. North American cranberries have high levels of PACs (proanthocyanidins), which are effective at preventing the bacteria that causes cystitis from sticking to the bladder wall. Cysticlean capsules – a cranberry supplement – are now authorised to be used for the prevention and treatment of cystitis. Vita Green Cysticlean, £24.99 for 30 capsules.
A urinary tract infection is one of the most painful infections a woman can get and the most common complaint is an intense burning sensation when trying to urinate. The most common and popular self-treatment has been the use of cranberry juice, but I believe there is a problem with cranberry juice because of its high sugar content.
The problem with Cranberry Juice
Cranberry, alongside other fruit juices, contain fructose, often referred to as fruit sugar. Fructose is a simple sugar that can cause many problems within the body including having an impact on the health of the urinary tract. If you ingest a lot of sugar, and this includes grains which are easily converted into sugars, then this feeds the bad bacteria within the intestines and the bladder. It is for this reason that I never recommend any form of cranberry juice for urinary tract health although I have no problem recommending cranberry capsules or tablets. Read More…