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Cranberry capsules


Cranberry capsules

Cranberry 20,000


Product Name
Cranberry capsules
Active Ingredient
Proanthocyanidins
Manufacturer
Healthcare Logistics
Product Type
Dietary Supplement
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Cranberry capsules contain an extract of the fruit of the cranberry, a rich source of the phytochemical proanthocyanidin, and are used to help prevent urinary tract infection (UTI). 

Cranberry capsules general information

What are Cranberry capsules used for?

Cranberry capsules 20,000 are a dietary supplement used to help maintain a healthy urinary tract.  Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem and is particularly prevalent in and women and girls, the most common form being infection of the bladder or cystitis.  Symptoms of UTI include pain or discomfort when passing urine, frequent and increased urge to pass urine and smelly, cloudy urine.  If the kidneys become infected, symptoms become more severe including back pain and blood in the urine.  UTI is usually caused by bacteria that normally live in the bowel, entering the urethra, which is the tube taking urine from the bladder to be excreted.  Several factors increase risk of UTI, including diabetes, pregnancy, obstruction to urine flow, such as due to kidney stones or enlarged prostate, poor personal hygiene and post-menopause.  Cranberry capsules may help prevent UTI but cannot treat an existing UTI and will not cure infections. 

How do Cranberry capsules work?

Cranberry capsules 20,000 contain an extract of the fruit of the cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon, a small red berry that has been used medicinally by Native Americans for many years.  The cranberry fruit is a rich source of proanthocyanidin, a polyphenolic plant chemical of the flavonoid class, which exists in two forms, A-type and B-type linkages.  Cranberries contain the A-type linkage form of proanthocyanidin and it is thought that this works by preventing the adhesion of E. coli, the bacteria that causes UTIs, from binding to the bladder wall.  E.coli cannot cause infection of the urinary tract without first binding to the uroepithelial cells that line the wall of the bladder1, 2.  Studies indicate that use of cranberries and cranberry products (including juice and capsules) in preventing UTIs is strongly supported in young and middle aged women, particularly women with recurrent UTI, although the findings are not clear for other groups2, 3, 4.  Use of cranberries and their extracts may be helpful in preventing UTI but not in treatment in UTI, once the bacteria has adhered to the bladder wall and the infection has begun to spread.  

What do Cranberry capsules contain?

Cranberry capsules contain an extract of the cranberry fruit, containing a fresh fruit equivalent of 20,000mg and a fruit powder equivalent of 20,000mg, and used to help prevent urinary tract infection (UTI).  They also contain encapsulating aids. 

Treating urinary tract infection with Cranberry capsules

Cranberry capsules contain an extract of the fruit of the cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon, and are used to help maintain a healthy urinary tract.  Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem and is particularly prevalent in and women and girls, the most common form being infection of the bladder or cystitis.  Symptoms of UTI include pain or discomfort when passing urine, frequent and increased urge to pass urine and smelly, cloudy urine.  If the kidneys become infected, symptoms become more severe including back pain and blood in the urine.  UTI is usually caused by bacteria that normally live in the bowel, entering the urethra, which is the tube taking urine from the bladder to be excreted.  Cranberries are rich source of the phytochemical proanthocyanidin that is thought to prevent the adhesion of the bacteria that causes UTI, E. coli, to the bladder wall.  Cranberry capsules may help prevent UTI but cannot treat an existing UTI and will not cure infections. 

What are the side effects of Cranberry capsules?

The most commonly reported side effects when taking Cranberry capsules may include mild gastrointestinal upset like diarrhoea. 

When should Cranberry capsules not be used?

You should not use Cranberry capsules if you:

  • are allergic to cranberries or proanthocyanidin or any ingredients in Cranberry capsules
  • are pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • have diabetes or a history of kidney stones, due to high oxalic content in cranberries
  • are taking medicines that interact with Cranberry capsules, including warfarin, due to possible increased bleeding

How should Cranberry capsules be taken?

You should take your Cranberry capsules 20,000 one or two capsules twice daily and with food.  Ensure that you drink plenty of water. You should continue to take your Cranberry capsules for as long as recommended by your health professional.

How long should you take Cranberry capsules?

You should continue to take your Cranberry capsules 20,000 for as long as recommended by your health professional.

Missed dose of Cranberry capsules

If you miss a dose of Cranberry 20,000 capsules take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose.  Do not take a double dose.

How should Cranberry capsules be stored?

You should store your Cranberry 20,000 capsules below 25°C in a cool dry place. 

References

  1. Krueger CG, Reed JD, Feliciano RP, Howell AB. Quantifying and characterizing proanthocyanidins in cranberries in relation to urinary tract health. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2013 May;405(13):4385-95. 
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  2. Jepson RG, Williams G, Craig JC. Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Oct 17;10:
  3. Micali S, Isgro G, Bianchi G, Miceli N, Calapai G, Navarra M.  Cranberry and recurrent cystitis: more than marketing? Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2014;54(8):1063-75
  4. Wang CH, Fang CC, Chen NC, et al.  Cranberry-containing products for prevention of urinary tract infections in susceptible populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 9;172(13):988-96.
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