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Cranberries are e-coli warriors!
It’s all over the news these days, cranberries have been proven to reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs). We moms, and nurses having been telling people for years to drink cranberry juice at the first twinges of a UTI. I guess as women, who tend to suffer more from UTI’s then men, we really didn’t need to wait for scientific research to confirm what we already knew. Cranberry juice simply made our bladders and urethras feel so much better. It is important to note however, that cranberries do not cure UTI’s, they simply help with the symptoms. It’s the actual antibiotics that eradicate the bacteria.
Now, the research confirms that a diet of cranberries helps to curb UTI’s and possibly eliminate them from your life! That’s great news for those that suffer from chronic, recurring infections.
At Impact Urgent Care, we have always carried a cranberry supplement for those very same reasons. Cranberry D-Mannose is an all natural product. It contains the part of the cranberry that has been shown to decrease the rate of recurrent urinary tract infections by as much as 38% in adult women. In addition, it contains D-Mannose which is a sugar that is not used by our bodies. E-Coli, which is the most common cause of UTI’s love D-Mannose, so they stick to it instead of the wall of the bladder and are eliminated when passing urine. It is believed that this potent combination reduces the frequency of UTI’s by making the environment harsher for the E-Coli, and by reducing the overall number of E-Coli remaining in the bladder.
By taking a supplement like Cranberry D-Mannose, you also reduce the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that you consume. If you would like more information on this supplement or need treatment for a urinary tract infection, please call us at either of our locations. Visit our website for address and telephone information.
Remember, antibiotics must be taken until finished when it comes to treating UTI’s. At IUC, we send all urine out for culture. Once the culture results return from the lab, our providers determine if a change in antibiotic needs to be made or not. This determination is based on the sensitivity of the prescribed antibiotic to the particular strain of bacteria found in the urine culture.