Urinary tract infections, men or women, are one of the problems that people of all ages may encounter during their lifetime. If recurrent urinary tract infections are ignored and untreated, kidney loss may be inevitable. This risk occurs with a much higher probability in women. Current drug therapy is based on the use of antibiotics to destroy microorganisms that cause infection. However, indiscriminate and frequent use can bring more harm than good. Apart from the possible side effects of antibiotics, the most important harm is the development of antibiotic-resistant types of microorganisms, which can become ineffective after a while. Another important issue is the bacteria in our body that are beneficial for our health. (lactic bacteria) killing. In the study, it was observed that with the use of ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic frequently given in urinary tract infections, for 5 days, one-third of the beneficial bacteria in our intestines were destroyed, and some of them could not even reach the level before the use of antibiotics during the 6-month follow-up period.

Instead of indiscriminate use of antibiotics in recurrent urinary tract infections, ”crisis management” Implementing the plan would be a rational approach. Although it is not a plant grown in our country, Cranberi is now well-known in Turkey. As far as I can see, the confusion about the name in the markets has been eliminated to a great extent. It has been experimentally demonstrated that the proanthocyanidins found in the fruits of the plant prevent the coli bacteria from sticking to the urinary bladder, preventing its proliferation there. It is mentioned in various sources that women in the United States often consume the juice of the cranberry fruit to prevent urinary tract infections. Despite its widespread use, it is known that there are no clinical studies of sufficient scope and quality on this subject.

The results of a recently published scientific-scale clinical study in the United States are somewhat confusing on this issue. After the diagnosis of urinary tract infection, 319 healthy female college students with no health problems other than recurrent urinary tract infections received approximately 250 milliliters twice a day. (two large glasses)cranberry juice given (i.e. a total of 4 glasses per day). Another fruit juice was given to the blank drug group. The effective ingredient amount of Kranberi juice was also analyzed ( 112 milligrams per two glasses) . The application continued for 6 months. At the end of the period, the recurrence rates of urinary infection in the volunteers were compared. However, there was no significant difference between the group given cranberry juice and the group given false fruit juice. In the results of working “cranberry juice”It was concluded that it is not effective in recurrent urinary tract infections in young women.

On the other hand, the results of another study conducted in England are completely different. 137 volunteer women over the age of 45 who had been treated with at least 2 antibiotics in the treatment of urinary tract infection diagnosed in the last year were divided into two groups, and a capsule containing 500 milligrams of cranberry extract was given to the group for 6 months and 100 milligrams of trimethoprim to the other group. (a drug active ingredient used in urinary tract infections) given tablet. At the end of the period, the recurrence rate in urinary tract infections was evaluated. It was concluded that cranberry extract has as strong an effect as trimethoprim, which is a powerful antimicrobial drug, and that cranberry is much safer in terms of its side effects.

The results of these two studies may have confused you. First of all, both studies were conducted on different age groups. In addition, the types of products used are different; one is juice, the other is fruit extract. But I always say that plant extracts are more effective, and in severe cases, the form of medicine prepared from the appropriate quality plant extract should be used for treatment.

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