Cranberry juice has been known to help strip the bacteria that causes urinary tract infection. Now, Science Daily reports more evidence on the matter.
In a recent study from McGill University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Professor Nathalie Tufenkji and her team found that cranberry powder may hinder the growth and movement of UTI-causing bacteria such as Proteus mirabilis, and inhibit the formation of urease, an enzyme that contributes to the strength of infections.
"While the effects of cranberry in living organisms remain subject to further study, our findings highlight the role that cranberry consumption might play in the prevention of chronic infections," says Tufenkji. “More than 150 million cases of UTI are reported globally each year, and antibiotic treatment remains the standard approach for managing these infections. The current rise of bacterial resistance to antibiotics underscores the importance of developing another approach."
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