Be gone bladder infection! Science has confirmed that cranberries can help battle UTIs

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Bye bye cystitis, take a hike UTIs. Cranberries are in town.

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Take that urinary tract infections! Science has confirmed cranberries do fight the bacteria that cause bladder infections.

Any woman that's spent time crying on a toilet thanks to a nasty bout of cystitis already knew this to be true, but researchers set out to test whether the myth of cranberries healing abilities had any scientific merit.

Researchers at McGill University are shedding light on the science behind the berry, suggesting that they hinder infection by preventing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the tract.

Urinary tract infections are very common, with women being the primary sufferers. It's estimated that half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their life.

The findings are also suggesting that the power of the cranberry could be harnessed to help prevent bacteria setting up shop in medical devices such as catheters.

'While the effects of cranberry in living organisms remain subject to further study, our findings highlight the role that cranberry consumption might play in the prevention of chronic infections,' lead researcher Professor Tufenkji says.

'More than 150 million cases of UTI are reported globally each year, and antibiotic treatment remains the standard approach for managing these infections. The current rise of bacterial resistance to antibiotics underscores the importance of developing another approach,' she added.

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