According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic resistance– when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them – is possibly the single most important infectious disease threat we face today. As the second most common type of infection treated with antibiotics, UTIs are a significant concern. The WHO states that there is a 50 percent resistance rate to one of the most widely used antibiotics to treat UTI.
The good news is that results from a landmark study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show cranberries can be a nutritional approach to reducing symptomatic UTIs, and as a result, may be a useful strategy to decrease worldwide use of antibiotics. The study demonstrated drinking an 8-ounce (240 ml) glass of cranberry juice a day reduced the number of symptomatic UTIs in women with recurrent UTIs by nearly 40 percent. More than 50 years of well documented research points to the cranberry’s unique ability to block bad bacteria that cause UTIs.