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Scientific Evidence That Cranberries Do Inhibit The Bacterium Associated With UTIs

July 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Canadian researchers report that in lab experiments cranberry powder inhibits the swarming and swimming activity ability of bacterium frequently implicated in complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs). The study also shows that higher concentrations of cranberry powder reduce the bacteria's production of urease, an enzyme that contributes to the virulence of infections. The findings may point the way to developing protection against urinary tract and other infections. In another study, the scientists find that cranberry derivatives could someday be used to prevent bacterial colonization in medical devices such as catheters.
"How cranberries impact infection-causing bacteria", EurekAlert, July 15, 2013, © AAAS, the science society
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