Do you remember a post that I wrote back in July about the latest study that confirmed that cranberry juice could help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Yeah, well - guess what? A new study out today draws the opposite conslusion, finding that drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills may do little to prevent UTIs.
What can I tell you? I don't write these studies, I just report on them. So I'm just as confused as you are by this study from researchers at Scotland's University of Stirling.
According to this study, which is actually a review of 24 previous studies on cranberries and UTIs, the fruit does little to help prevent the occurence of a UTI. The study was published this month in the Cochrane Databse of Systematic Review. The review anaylazed 24 studies overall, involving almost 5,000 participants, and concluded that any benefit from cranberries in preventing UTIs is minimal and most likely only helpful to women with recurrent UTIs.
So which study would you say is right? Do you think cranberries can help prevent a urinary tract infection? Your guess is as good as mine!