03.02.2016 How Cranberry Works Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Summary: The unique combination of compounds in the cranberry work throughout the phases of a UTI to help prevent infection and mitigate symptoms. And, because urinary tract infections are often recurrent, consuming cranberries daily is an important preventative measure against reinfection. Bacteria are incredibly common microorganisms that exist virtually everywhere in the world – including inside the human body. Some bacteria inside our bodies are harmless – or even helpful, but others can cause infections that make a person sick. Bacteria do this by attaching to otherwise healthy cells, invading those cells and multiplying. Our bodies use our immune system to help prevent this process by exfoliating infected cells and sending them out of our bodies as waste. But sometimes our bodies need a little assistance – and research shows that cranberries may be a nutritional approach to helping prevent certain bacteria-related ailments, including Urinary Tract Infections – or UTIs. To understand exactly how the cranberry’s unique combination of compounds works, we need to look at the four phases of infection: attachment, invasion, multiplication and exfoliation. And preventing UTIs isn’t just good news for patients. UTIs are routinely treated with a course of low-dose antibiotics and overuse of such medicines can result in strains of bacteria developing antibiotic resistance. Fortunately, research suggests that consuming cranberries daily may be a nutritional approach to help reduce the recurrence of UTIs specifically and, thereby, decrease the worldwide use of antibiotics.