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Cranberries for Frequent Urination

By Danielle C. Tworek

Frequent urination may be attributed to numerous conditions. Cranberries can be an effective treatment, but only when related to specific underlying causes. Additional causes of frequent urination may be the result of something greater. If you're experiencing unexplained frequent urination, it's always advisable to seek the advice of your doctor regarding conditions and treatment.

Frequent Urination

There are a multitude of causes associated with frequent urination. Some include serious conditions like diabetes, prostate issues, stroke, tumors and bladder cancer. Frequent urination may also be caused by overconsumption of liquids prior to bedtime, such as caffeine and alcohol, or it may merely be a habit. Regardless of the cause, it can be a frustrating and an often inconvenient condition.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are often associated with frequent urination and another condition known as urgent urination. Urgent urination is the sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, whether you necessarily need to or not. UTIs are caused when bacteria that normally live on the genitals or in the digestive tract make their way into the urinary tract and stick to walls of the bladder and ureters. This condition can cause numerous symptoms. But in the early stages, frequent and urgent urination are most commonly experienced.

Effectiveness of Cranberry Juice

Cranberries, and even cranberry juice, are useful treatments for UTIs thanks to the naturally-occurring antioxidants they contain, known as proanthocyanidins. These proanthocyanidins act as anti-adhesion molecules, breaking the bond of the bacteria from the walls of the urinary tract and flushing them out. Cranberry treatments have only been shown to be effective in the early stages of the condition and aren't proven to prevent the reoccurrence of a UTI. During the treatment stage, cranberry juice may initially increase the frequency of urination due to its diuretic effects that allows it to effectively flush your system. After the bacteria have been cleansed from the urinary tract, frequent urination or urgent urination should cease if bacteria were the cause.

Prevention and Treatment

Cranberries are an inconclusive at-home remedy. Although studies, such as the 2009 study published in “Drugs,” have observed improvements in conditions associated with UTIs, a dosage or regimen has not been pin-pointed for prevention and treatment. Frequent urination as an isolated event, however; may be associated with one of several causes, in which case cranberries have not been considerably researched or proven as an effective method of treatment.

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