Cranberry Juice Recommended for Recurrent Urinary
Cran-Caps Contain No Added Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners
Cranberries and cranberry juice have been used to
treat urinary tract infections and have been shown to be quite effective
in several clinical studies.(1,6-9) It must be pointed out,
however, that most cranberry juices on the market contain one-third
cranberry juice mixed with water and sugar. Since sugar has such a
detrimental effect on the immune system, use of sweetened cranberry
juice cannot be recommended.(1,9)
Cran-Caps contain cranberry juice concentrate with no
added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Benefits Seen in 73% with Active Urinary Infections
In one study, 16 ounces of cranberry juice per day
was shown to produce beneficial effects in 73 per cent of the subjects
(44 females and 16 males) with active urinary tract infections.
Furthermore, withdrawal of the cranberry juice in the people who
benefitted, resulted in recurrence of bladder infection in 61 per cent.(1,6)
Many people believe the action of cranberry juice is
due to acidifying the urine and the antibacterial effects of a cranberry
component hippuric acid.(1,3,4)
In addition, recent studies have shown components in
cranberry juice to reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere, or stick,
to the lining of the bladder and urethra.(1,5) Others believe
this to be the most likely explanation of cranberry juice's positive
effects in bladder infections.
In order for bacteria to infect, they must first
adhere to the mucosa. By interfering with adherence, cranberry juice
greatly reduces the likelihood of infection and helps the body fight off
Major Drawback to Cranberry Juice Therapy — Patient Compliance
Few patients are willing to drink a full pint of
straight cranberry juice daily. The cranberry cocktail drinks are more
palatable, but much less potent and the benefits may be canceled out by
the added sugar in these drinks.
Cran-Caps give patients the benefits of cranberry
juice in easy to swallow capsules, without added sugar or artificial
21% of All Women Have Urinary Problems at Least Once a Year
Bladder infections in women are surprisingly common.
Twenty-one per cent of all women have urinary tract discomfort at least
once a year and 37.5 per cent of women with no history of urinary tract
infection will have one within 10 years. Two to four per cent of
apparently healthy women have elevated levels of bacteria in their
urine, indicative of an unrecognized urinary tract infection.(1,2)
Recurrent bladder infections can be a significant
problem for some women since 55 per cent will eventually involve the
kidneys. Recurrent kidney infection can cause progressive damage
resulting in scarring and, for some, kidney failure.(1)
Urinary tract infections in males are much less
common and, in general, indicate an anatomical abnormality or a prostate
Antibiotic Treatment Can Lead to Secondary Yeast Infection
In addition to the discomfort of bladder and urinary
tract infections, these recurrent infections, followed by repeated
antibiotic treatment, can lead to secondary yeast infection.
This cycle can usher in an overgrowth of candida
albicans and thus contribute to what we call the yeast syndrome, which
is even more difficult to treat. Emphasis, therefore, should be placed
on prevention rather than treatment of recurrent infections.
Prevention and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
Urine, as it is secreted by the kidneys, is sterile
until it reaches the urethra which transports the urine from the bladder
to the urethral opening. Bacteria can reach the urinary tract by
ascending from the urethra or, much less commonly, through the
bloodstream. Bacteria are introduced into the urethra from fecal
contamination or, in women, vaginal secretions. Important factors in
aiding or perpetrating an ascending infection are anatomical or
functional obstructions to flow (allowing pooling of urine) and immune
system dysfunction. Free flow, large urine volume, complete emptying of
the bladder and optimal immune function are important antibacterial
The body has many defenses against bacterial growth
in the urinary tract.
- Urine tends to wash away bacteria.
- The surface of the bladder has antimicrobial properties.
- The alkaline pH of the urine inhibits the growth of many bacteria.
- The prostatic fluid has antimicrobial substances.
- The body quickly secretes white cells to control the bacteria.(1)
Risk Factors Associated with Urinary Tract Problems
There are also a number of factors associated with
increased risk of bladder infections:
- Pregnancy (twice as frequent).
- Sexual intercourse (celibate women have 1/10 the incidence) of
- Homosexual activity in males.
- Mechanical trauma or irritation.
- Structural abnormalities of the urinary tract which block the free
flow of urine.
Reflux of infected urine from the bladder into the
upper urinary tract is important in the development of kidney infections
and the establishment of recurrent infections.(1)
General measures for preventing and treating urinary
tract problems include:
- Plenty of fluids, especially purified water, to increase the flow
of urine which flushes bacteria away.
- Urinate after intercourse. Women who develop bladder infections
after intercourse should pay particular attention to hygiene both
before and after intercourse.(1)
Simple sugars and refined carbohydrates should be
avoided. Supplementation with antimicrobial herbs plus nutritional
support for the immune system is recommended:
Cran-Caps #498 3 capsules 3 times daily
WARNING: This publication and the product
contained herein have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and
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are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The
product relates to nutritional support only.
1. Murray, M. and Pizzorno, J., "Encyclopedia of Natural
Medicine", Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1991, pp. 255-9.
2. Branch, W.T., "Office Practice of Medicine", W.B.
Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, 1982. pp. 679-85, 488-504.
3. Kahn, D., Panariello, V., Saeli, J., et al., "Effect of
Cranberry Juice on Urine", J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 1967, 51, p. 251.
4. Bodel, P., Cotran, R., Kass, E. "Cranberry Juice and the
Antibacterial Action of Hippuric Acid", J. Lab. Clin. Med., 1959,
54, p. 881.
5. Sobota, A., "Inhibition of Bacterial Adherence by Cranberry
Juice: Potential Use for the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections, J.
Urology, 1984, 131, pp. 1013-16.
6. Prodromos, P., Brusch, C, Ceresia, G., Cranberry Juice in the
Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections", Southwest Med., 1968, 47,
7. Sternlieb, P., "Cranberry Juice in Renal Disease", New
Engl. J. Med., 1963, 268 p. 57.
8. Moen, D., "Observations on the Effectiveness of Cranberry
Juice in Urinary Infections", Wisconsin Med., J., 1962, 61, p. 282.
9. Sanchez, A., Reeser, J., Lau, H., et al., "Role of Sugars in
Human Neutrophilic Phagocytosis", Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 1973, 26, pp.
10. Sharma, V., Sethi, M., Kumar, A, Rarotra, J., "Antibacterial
Property of Allium Sativum Linn.: in vivo and in vitro studies",
Ind. J. Exp. Biol., 1977, 15, pp. 466-80.
Product No. 498 Fill Size: 60
One Softgel Capsules Contain: % Daily Value
Cranberry Juice Concentrate 420 mg. *
Vitamin C 100 mg.
Vit. E 3 IU
* Daily Value not established.
Contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Recommended Usage: During infection - 3 capsules three
Maintenance - 1 capsule 3 times daily.
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