Did You Know that Cranberry Juice Can Help Heal a Urinary Tract Infection?

I have a personal experience with having a UTI, or Urinary Tract Infection. It is an illness where there is a growth of bacteria in your urinary tract lining. This can happen when you fail to urinate when you feel like you need to pee. People working in offices and those who cannot just leave their job post immediately when nature calls them, are those that are more likely to have UTI problems. Do you know that I had suffered from this kind of disease for 2 months? I never thought the only way to stop bacteria from growing when you have UTI is Cranberry.

Do you know that I had suffered from a urinary tract infection for 2 months? I never thought that I could stop bacteria from growing during a UTI by drinking cranberry juice.

When I have had a UTI in the past, I searched for possible remedies. I tried baking soda. I put a teaspoonful in a glass full of water and drank it. I also tried apple cider honey. While researching, I found out that cranberry has been stopping the growth of bacteria in the body and it works fast. The proanthocyanidins, or PACs, in cranberries are responsible for stopping the bacteria from attaching themselves to the urinary tract lining. The bacteria involved when you have UTI is E. coli. We get the bacteria from foods that contain it and of course, from some dirty things we touched at home that we are not aware of and we fail to watch our hands immediately. 

From personal experience, the antibiotic that was prescribed by the doctor lessens the presence of bacteria in my urinary tract lining, but there is still a growing of bacteria that is happening. Only cranberry helped me to stop the bacteria from growing. By drinking cranberry juice for solid 5 days, I got a zero bacteria result. Specifically, I drink cranberry juice from Welch (in the picture). Actually, the cranberry fruit is more effective than the juice because the juice contains little sugar. But it still it works for me. I am sharing this to help others because it is painful if you have UTI. It sometimes causes bleeding when a urinary tract infection gets severe.

Image credit to @grecy

Disclaimer: The author is sharing her personal experience and is not a medical professional. If you think you have a urinary tract infection, you should see your doctor to discuss treatment with cranberry juice or cranberry supplements or extract, or with other conventional or alternative approaches.




  1. ParkerRose

    I recently went through this and had to take antibiotics for seven days. I hated it! The pills they gave me were so big I had trouble swallowing them. Even though it said “Take whole, do not crush” I had break them up to in order to get them down my throat!! What a pain this whole ordeal was! 🙁

  2. Sandy KS

    I get UTI’s due to being diabetic. Diabetics are more prone to infections and UTI infections. As you will feel like you have to go to the bathroom. To only have a dribble or a few drops. Which is irritating and makes me feel like I am wasting my time.

    Cranberry juice does work best. As the antibiotics from the doctor will always cause me to have a bad reaction to it. However, Cranberry juice works does not. I tend to get cranberry juice mixed with apple juice.

  3. Jenny A

    This I really need to try. I have had UTI so many times before and the only thing I did was take antibiotics. I had one experience when the pain was so severe, I was bleeding.

  4. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I have, thankfully, never had a UTI but have cared for elderly people when they were experiencing one. It can be very painful! Cranberry is a remedy that even hospitals used to use for prevention of infections in patients who are prone to UTIs. Apparently, the main reason they stopped giving cranberry juice at the hospital where I worked is simply that the stronger juice wasn’t available anymore. As you say, juices now are often sweetened and diluted to improve the taste.

    I was reading that cranberry juice or supplements are a better choice for young women who have UTIs because of issues with antibiotic resistance. And of course, as someone mentioned, prevention is even better than cure!

  5. Grecy Garcia Post author

    Yes @ruby3881 prevention is better than cure. I want this blog of mine be an eye opener that there are some cases of severe UTI that they are urinating with blood already. Antibiotics could cure one, but some does not have any effect on them that is why I am sharing the most effective and that is cranberry fruit.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      There are also supplements, which may be more potent in the cases of people who aren’t helped by the juice or fruit.

      I think for me, the bigger issue would be antibiotic resistance. It’s a big deal, especially if you’re a younger woman or especially prone to infections. Prevention is a good thing. Always preferred to getting sick. Besides, cranberry juice is very tasty!

  6. britney

    I get use the Lady Soma Cranberry pills for my mother who suffers from lots of things including UTI’s. When she takes these, that problem is one less. If she stops, the problem returns. Great price & I don’t need to leave the house to get them. Speak for themselves really!

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