Tammy, now 43, had struggled with frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) since her teenage years, and they got worse while she was pregnant. “It’s something I’ve had my whole life, and it’s not something doctors can do anything about,” she says. Even antibiotics weren’t effective during her last pregnancy. With the approval of her OB/GYN, Tammy tried Cran-Max—and it worked.
Previously, no amount of cranberry juice or supplements had kept the infections at bay. At the suggestion of her doctor, Tammy kept taking 500 mg of Cran-Max daily until, eventually, she no longer needed it all the time. Now, if she feels a urinary tract infection developing, she takes one Cran-Max pill and it quickly goes away. “It’s been a godsend for me,” she says; “People need to know that there’s something they can do; it’s natural; and it works.”How It Works
UTIs occur when E. coli bacteria attach themselves to cell walls in the bladder. “Cran-Max stops bacteria from adhering,” says Sherry Torkos, BSc, Phm, author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. E. coli are shaped like rods, with a lot of surface area that adheres to the interior walls of the bladder. Proanthocyanidins, substances naturally present in cranberries, change the shape of the E. coli into spheres, so there’s less surface area for attachment. Cranberry doesn’t actually kill the bacteria, but if E. coli can’t stick to the bladder, they simply get eliminated without causing any harm. “It takes time to get enough in your system,” says Torkos. It’s realistic to expect preventive benefits to kick in within the first week.Study Highlights
Another side effect of antibiotics is that they destroy probiotics, beneficial bacteria that are essential for healthy digestion. A lack of probiotics predisposes women to yeast infections.
Like Cran-Max, cranberry juice can help prevent UTIs, but many women can’t tolerate drinking it on a daily basis. Some studies have compared costs and found that when used daily, cranberry juice costs nearly three times as much as Cran-Max.
How to Use Cran-Max
|Natrol Cranberry Fast Dissolve is a tasty way to take your Cran-max—two tablets deliver 250 mg of quick-dissolve, highly absorbable cranberry constituents.||Vibrant Health Cran-Max gives you the benefits of whole cranberries without the sugar and calories of juice, packing 500 mg Cran-Max per capsule.||Wakunaga Kyo-Dophilus Probiotics Plus Cranberry Extract combines Cran-Max with three strains of probiotics clinically shown to benefit urinary tract health.|
Better Nutrition contributing editor, Vera Tweed has been writing about nutrition, fitness, and healthy living since 1997. She specializes in covering research and expert knowledge that empowers people to lead better lives.