What are cranberry pills?
Cranberry pills are supplements made from dried, powdered cranberries.
They sometimes contain other ingredients, like vitamin C, probiotics, or D-mannose to help combat urinary tract infections.
What are cranberry pills used for?
They are most often taken to prevent recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Cranberry pills contain proanthocyanidins that prevent E.coli from sticking to the wall of the urinary tract & causing an infection. (E. coli is the most common type of bacteria to cause UTIs) (1, 2, 3).
Do they actually help prevent urinary tract infections?
What dosage is most effective?
1,200 mg/day is effective at reducing oxidative stress (5).
What are some recommended brands??
Cranberry pills are available over the counter at drug stores or online.
One of the most common brands is Azo.
Most professional grade supplement lines also have cranberry products. For example, Pure Encapsulations has the following cranberry products:
- Cranberry NS – 500 mg capsules of cranberry extract, dosage 1-3/day between meals
- Cranberry/D-Mannose – 100 mg cranberry extract + 450 mg D-mannose + 11 mg ascorbyl palmitate (fat-soluble vitamin C), dosage 2-6/day between meals
- PureBiOme – 4 probiotic strains (17.5 CFUs) + 300 mg cranberry extract per capsule, dosage 2/day w. meals
Are there any side effects?
What are the contraindications?
Cranberries are high in salicylates, so people who have a salicylate sensitivity may want to avoid cranberry pills (22).