10.28.2016 Cranberry Juice DOES Work Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn You may have seen recent headlines or heard news reports about cranberries. A new study suggests that cranberry pills may not be effective in helping to prevent urinary tract infections in elderly women living in nursing homes. This study tested only pills, not juice. The pills did not contain whole cranberry fruit or juice. By contrast, more than 50 years of research, including the most comprehensive, general population clinical trial conducted to date, proves that cranberry juice is beneficial in helping to prevent urinary tract infections. Based on numerous other studies that have proven there are many other health benefits of consuming cranberries and cranberry juice, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlighted cranberries as a nutritious fruit. Among the benefits: Antimicrobial benefits: Cranberries and cranberry juice contain flavonoids and phytonutrients that have antimicrobial benefits shown to help protect the urinary tract, the gastrointestinal tract and the oral cavity from common bacteria that cause infection. Combatting the growing problem of antibiotic resistance: Cranberries and cranberry juice contain a unique combination of compounds, including proanthocyanidins (PACs), that work together to provide health benefits. By helping to prevent UTIs and other infections, cranberries may be able to provide a nutritional approach to help cut the use of antibiotics and may help reduce antibiotic resistance. This is why numerous respected medical and nutrition groups recommend that for the best results, people should eat cranberries or drink cranberry juice cocktail (with 27% cranberry content) rather than take pills.