Are cranberry tablets and capsules a good alternative to cranberry juice for treating UTIs?

You may have heard that cranberry juice is an effective non-drug method for nuking a urinary tract infection (UTI).  Nobody enjoys a UTI, which are caused by bacteria making their way into the urinary tract and sticking there and breeding, causing pain and possibly bleeding as well.  And not many people enjoy taking antibiotics, either, which is the standard medical way to treat a UTI.  Antibiotics often lead to subsequent yeast infections, because they wipe out all of the body’s “good” bacteria as well as the “bad” bacteria, and this makes room for normally symbiotic and natural yeasts found in the human body to multiply out of proportion now the bacteria is gone.  So you get a yeast infection instead of a UTI.  Great!  Surely there is a better way to deal with a UTI?  …Enter cranberry juice.

But the problem is, cranberry juice, although it is an effective way to treat a UTI, has to be drunk in such large quantities that most people baulk at the thought of it.  Either 8-ounce glasses twice a day, or a total of sixteen glasses daily, feels like an awful lot of cranberry juice to most people!   A possible solution is the cranberry capsule.  If you can take a cranberry capsule, then it eliminates the need to drink some or all of the cranberry in juice form.  Some people prefer to do a full cranberry capsule treatment of UTIs, others choose to use cranberry juice and cranberry capsules in combination.  Since science still can’t explain the full nutritional content of our foods, there are undoubtedly countless nutritional benefits to consuming cranberries (or any other food for that matter) raw and fresh.  So if you can get hold of some fresh cranberries, by all means juice them up and take them as part of your cranberry juice and cranberry tablets urinary tract infection treatment plan.

Some people have expressed concern over cranberry tablets side effects or other hidden issues.  Well, there are only a few reasons that have been found that contraindicate taking one cranberry tablet or many.  If you are allergic to aspirin, you should avoid large doses of cranberry, because cranberries contain a lot of salicylic acid, which is similar in many ways to aspirin.  Also, of course, if you are sensitive to salicylates, you should avoid the cranberry capsule or cranberry tablet.  Thirdly, people susceptible to kidney stones may want to avoid taking cranberry capsule or cranberry tablet preparations, because cranberry extracts contain a lot of oxalates.  These don’t harm the average person, as your body will just flush out the oxalates, but if you have a history of kidney stones, avoid cranberry tablets urinary tract infection treatments, because taking a litre per day of cranberry juice (or dried cranberry capsule equivalent) can boost the level of oxalates in the urine by as much as 43%, possibly triggering the formation of a kidney stone.  However, if you don’t have a salicylate sensitivity, an aspirin allergy, or a history of kidney stones, you should be good to go.  Those are the only known main cranberry tablets side effects that you need to be careful of, and they only affect certain people, not the whole of the population.  Urinary tract infections be gone, the cranberry tablet or cranberry capsule is here to help the UTI sufferer today.

Which cranberry capsule or tablet to take?
You want to take the cranberry capsule or cranberry tablet that contains the least sugar.  This is because sugar provides a good grounds for bacteria to feed off and grow in.  This is another reason why cranberry supplements are a good alternative to replace some or all of the cranberry juice in your cranberry treatment of a UTI.  The less sugar (in this case, natural fructose, but it’s still sugar) the better  So read the packet, read the ingredient list.  Make sure your cranberry tablet or cranberry capsule contains no ADDED sugar, and you will hopefully be able to find an actual REDUCED sugar supplement as well.  Reduced sugar means that the company has refined the cranberry extract and removed some of the natural sugar content.  This is good; for once, a good place for the refining process of natural foods.

When you take cranberry tables urinary tract infections fade away.  You may not notice an immediate “blitz” effect as you would have if you had taken a potent antibiotic; this is because cranberry juice does not kill the bacteria off but instead stops the bacteria, in particular the strains of E. coli which are mainly to blame for most urinary tract infections; from sticking to the urinary tract walls.  This means that they simply get flushed out of your body.

Remember, when using cranberry juice, cranberry tablet or cranberry capsules to flush a UTI out of your system, take enough to cause a useful effect.  You need to be consuming the equivalent of 16 glasses of cranberry juice per day, unsweetened, preferably using cranberry capsules or tablets to replace some or all of the juice (just so you don’t get the runs, or bloating, from drinking so much fruit juice!)

As always, natural is the way to go if possible, to restore your body’s equilibrium instead of nuking it with powerful but non-selective anitbiotics.  Good luck with treating your UTI with cranberry juice!

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