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Study Shows That Cranberry Juice Prevents Urinary Tract Infections

August 23, 2010: 09:48 AM EST

A U.S. study has found that cranberry juice effectively prevents urinary tract infections (UTI), a disorder that costs the healthcare system more than $1.6 billion annually. UTI is a bacterial infection that can arise anywhere between the kidney and the urethra and affects about 33 percent of women. Researchers tested the effect of cranberry juice on E. coli, the most common cause of UTI, by growing strains of the bacteria in urine collected from healthy volunteers before and after drinking cranberry juice cocktail, the most popular cranberry beverage. The scientists concluded that cranberry juice cocktail prevents E. coli within eight hours of consumption from forming a sticky biofilm that allows the bacteria to multiply and promote an infection.

Terri Anne Camesano, Ph.D., et al., "New Evidence on How Cranberry Juice Fights Bacteria That Cause Urinary Tract Infections", Presentation, national meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 23, 2010, © American Chemical Society
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