Turns Out Cranberry Juice *Doesn’t* Help Clear UTIs

Forget everything you know about cranberry juice and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Patients with urine infections are being told there is little evidence cranberry juice will help their illness.

Anyone who suffers with UTIs will have it drilled into their heads that downing litres of cranberry juice will help clear the infection and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany it.

Cranberry Juice Image via @oceansprayinc on Instagram
Image via @oceansprayinc on Instagram

But according to new draft guidance to UK doctors, patients with cystitis should be told there is “no evidence” for using cranberry products to treat lower UTIs, the draft guidance states.

Those suffering from recurrent UTIs should be advised that evidence over the preventative benefits of cranberry products is “inconclusive”.

Doctors have also been advised to ask about the severity of symptoms and whether patients have taken painkillers before prescribing antibiotics, amid rising drug resistance.

The proposed guidelines, issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), aim to improve the treatment of those suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs).

I guess we’ll just save that cranberry juice for Cosmopolitans then…