Can Cranberry Juice Treat Bladder Infections?

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM · June 12, 2022· 


The reference to poultry as the source of bladder-infecting E. coli is from Avoiding Chicken to Avoid Bladder Infections, and more recently, in Urinary Tract Infections from Eating Chicken

What else can cranberries do? Check out Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better? and Cranberries vs. Cancer.

How can you consume cranberries palatably? Check out my recipe for Pink Juice with Green Foam.

I find it so fascinating that the white berries don’t have same effect. For more on these elusive phytonutrients, see Phytochemicals: The Nutrition Facts Missing from the Label. And, for those doubting the power of plants, see Power Plants.

I discuss the controversy around doctors giving placebos in The Lie that Heals: Should Doctors Give Placebos?

If cranberries are so good at keeping bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder, what about keeping bacteria from sticking to other places, like our teeth? That’s the subject of Childhood Tea Drinking May Increase Fluorosis Risk.

For further context, check out my associated blog posts: Does Cranberry Juice Work Against Bladder Infections? and Tea & Flouride Risk.

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