Drinking cranberry juice really can cure bladder infections, according to new research. And extracts from the fruit could even keep medical devices free of bacteria, say scientists.
Thousands of patients develop complications from catheters, thin tubes that deliver fluids or drain urine, because they allow bugs on the skin to easily enter the body and infect tissue or blood.A study has now found how chemicals in cranberries alter bacterial behaviour, pointing to a potential role for derivatives in implantable devices. Consuming the fruit has been associated with prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for more than a hundred years, although some experts have claimed it is a myth with no basis in fact.
Some studies have suggested cranberries work by hindering bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract, thanks to chemicals known as PACs (proanthocyanidins). Now experiments have found that cranberry powder stopped Proteus mirabilis, a bacterium frequently implicated in complicated bladder infections, from colonising and swimming together
Source - Daily Mail