Cranberries may help to prevent infections in your bladder and urethra, otherwise known as urinary tract infections (UTIs).
UTIs can be painful, and when left untreated, can spread to the kidneys and cause damage. Cranberries might therefore help to not only prevent infections in your urethra and bladder, but also stop this from spreading and causing damage to the body.
Cranberries are small, red berries that are filled with antioxidants, suggested to come with some great health benefits. People take cranberries in a range of different ways, some simply eating the berries, drinking their juice, using them in teas or as dried powdered pills.
Whilst a true understanding of its effects on UTIs will require further research, many use the berries as a natural treatment in preventing bladder infections and to further promote urinary tract health.
How Does Cranberry Help Your Bladder?
Cranberry is often used as a natural remedy to prevent UTIs. This is due to certain ingredients in the berries that are known to be effective in preventing the build-up of bacteria within the urinary tract. Specifically, cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which can help to prevent the bacteria E. coli from attaching itself to the lining of the bladder and the urethra.
By preventing this, the bacteria can’t multiply, or subsequently cause infection. Many studies have shown that taking cranberry supplements (in the form of cranberry pills) can help to significantly decrease how frequently people get UTIs, particularly in women.
Therefore, cranberries can help your bladder by potentially helping to prevent the spread of bacteria within the urethra and bladder, stopping infections from rising and compromising the health of the urinary tract.
How Much Cranberry Do You Need to Help Your Bladder?
Whilst a standard dosage has not yet been established, many simply enhance their diet by adding cranberries in the form of juice, food or tea. There are a variety of different tea blends out there that contain cranberries as well as other beneficial ingredients, promoting bladder health and overall wellbeing in the body.
What Other Health Benefits Can You Get From Cranberry?
Cranberries have also been linked to a range of other potential health benefits including those listed below:
- Promoting heart health – studies have suggested that drinking cranberry juice regularly might help to increase HDL cholesterol, and thereby potentially reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Controlling blood sugar levels – the results from numerous studies have found cranberry (specifically cranberry juice) to reduce the blood sugar levels of those with diabetes.
- Improving teeth and gum health – the compounds in cranberry that stop bacteria attaching to your bladder and urethra have also been known to prevent bacteria from building up in the mouth, subsequently improving teeth and gum health.
Nutra Tea’s NutraFlow contains cranberry and a whole host of other ingredients to help maintain urinary tract function whilst also alleviating inflammation and subsequent discomfort.
All Nutra Tea products are made from 100% raw ingredients. Our tea blends have also been developed over the course of three years to create the perfect brews. Follow this link to buy our NutraFlow tea, and to find out more on its ingredients.