In today’s blog post, we will discuss the benefits of cranberry juice. Is cranberry juice beneficial for Candida? We recently received an email asking if cranberry juice, especially, is suitable for Candida. To answer that question, yes, it is. Cranberry juice is notably effective for preventing UTIs or urinary tract infections. This is because it contains an ingredient that stops bacteria from sticking to the mucous membranes in the urethra. This mechanism is somewhat similar to how Velcro operates. The substance in cranberry juice makes bacteria stick to it, and then they cannot detach, eventually being expelled during urination. This property of cranberry juice prevents E.coli bacteria from sticking to the urethra. Moreover, it alters the pH of the environment, making it acidic, which is unfavorable for Candida. You can even use cranberry juice topically for yeast infections. Some individuals with psoriasis, which is often associated with yeast infections, have reported benefits from applying cranberry juice to the skin.
|Cranberry Juice Properties||Benefits|
|Prevents bacterial adherence||UTI Prevention|
|Alters pH, making it acidic||Inhibits Candida growth|
|Can be used topically||Helps with yeast infections on skin|
However, there’s a word of caution. Many commercial cranberry juice brands add sugar to counteract its naturally tart taste. If the juice is sweet, always check the label for added sugars. Consuming sugary cranberry juice can promote Candida growth. It’s advisable to purchase whole cranberries from a health store and prepare your own unsweetened cranberry drink. For those who face urinary tract infections or are prone to yeast infections, consuming a glass of pure, unsweetened cranberry juice daily can be beneficial for both UTI and Candida prevention.
Disclaimer: While cranberry juice has its benefits, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet or health regimen.