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Cranberry Cure: 10 UTI-Fighting Benefits and a Soothing Tea Recipe

Tuesday, February 13th 2024 10:00am 1 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Cranberry extract is widely recognized for its potential benefits in preventing and treating urinary tract infections (UTIs). Here are 10 ways it can be helpful:

  1. Preventing Bacterial Adhesion: Cranberry extract contains proanthocyanidins (PACs), which can prevent E. coli bacteria, the most common cause of UTIs, from adhering to the urinary tract walls. This reduces the likelihood of infection.
  2. Antibacterial Effects: Some studies suggest that cranberry extract may possess antibacterial properties, helping to reduce the growth and spread of bacteria.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Cranberries have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing the inflammation associated with UTIs.
  4. Boosting Immune Response: Rich in antioxidants, cranberry extract can strengthen the immune system, making it more effective in fighting infections.
  5. Acidifying Urine: Cranberry extract can help acidify urine. More acidic urine is less hospitable to bacteria, thereby reducing infection risks.
  6. Diuretic Effect: Cranberry extract can act as a mild diuretic, increasing urine flow and flushing out bacteria from the urinary tract.
  7. Reducing UTI Symptoms: Regular consumption of cranberry extract can help in reducing the severity and duration of UTI symptoms.
  8. Preventing Recurrent UTIs: For those prone to recurrent UTIs, cranberry extract can be a preventative measure to reduce the frequency of infections.
  9. Complementing Antibiotic Therapy: While not a replacement for antibiotics, cranberry extract can complement antibiotic treatment for UTIs.
  10. Maintaining Urinary Tract Health: Regular consumption of cranberry extract can contribute to the overall health of the urinary tract.

Cranberry Extract Hot Tea Recipe

To enjoy the benefits of cranberry extract, try this simple hot tea recipe:


  • 1-2 teaspoons of cranberry extract (liquid or powder form)
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey or lemon (optional, for taste)
  • A small slice of ginger (optional, for additional health benefits)


  1. Boil the water and pour it into a cup.
  2. Add the cranberry extract to the hot water. Stir well.
  3. For added flavor and benefits, you can add honey, lemon, or a slice of ginger.
  4. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy your cranberry extract hot tea!

This tea can be consumed daily to help prevent UTIs and maintain urinary tract health. Remember, while cranberry extract can be beneficial, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice, especially if you have frequent UTIs or other health concerns.

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