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The Benefits of Cranberry Juice

Updated on June 10, 2010

Drinking cranberry juice can have several health benefits. It is believed to be useful in the treatment of cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Drinking two glasses of cranberry juice per day can have a positive effect.

Making Your Urine More Acidic

This can help to decrease the chances of developing kidney stones and bladder stones. You will often need to drink significant amounts of cranberry juice to do this effectively, as most cartons of cranberry juice do not contain a high enough concentration of the juice. Ideally, cranberry juice should contain a concentration of no less than fifty per cent, but it is common for the concentration to be far less than this. The alternative option is to drink large amounts of cranberry juice that has a less strong concentration.

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Another benefit of drinking cranberry juice is its ability to stop bacteria from attaching itself to the walls of the bladder. This can reduce the likelihood of developing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). In this way, it can prevent the development of urinary infections. On a similar note, cranberry juice is thought to be able to have the same effect on the bacteria that can cause dental erosion and stomach ulcers.

Vitamin C

Cranberry juice is a good source of vitamin C and also contains antioxidants

Lowering Blood Pressure

Cranberry juice has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease if it is drunk on a regular basis. Research has indicated that drinking three glasses of cranberry juice per day can increase levels of "good" cholestorol by as much as ten per cent. Overall, the chances of developing heart disease can drop by forty per cent. 

Drinking two glasses of cranberry juice on a daily basis can go a long way towards helping to prevent urinary infections. If a urinary infection does occur, cranberry juice can relieve the burning and stinging sensations that are common symptoms of the infection by making your urine more acidic.

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very informative hub. I certainly will start drinking cranberry juice.

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