In The Fight Against UTIs, Cranberry Juice Is All You've Got

If you’re interested in warding off urinary tract infections you should learn to love cranberry juice, because scientists won’t be coming out with a pill version anytime soon. Proanthocyanidins or PACs, a group of flavonoids found in cranberries, were thought to be what makes the juice effective at fighting infections, but a study found drinking the juice is far better than consuming extracts. Lead author Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute explains:

“What we have shown is that cranberry juice’s ability to prevent biofilms is more complex than we may have originally thought … For a while, the field focused on these PACs, but the data shows that they aren’t the silver bullet.”

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