How cranberry extract may help you, your baby and your dog?
Small, dark green leaves, pink flowers, and dark red fruit that are egg-shaped - Cranberry is traditionally used for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in adults, but in 2016 two separate researches show that cranberry extract can help fight urinary tract infections (UTIs) also in babies and dogs.
A team of researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan conducted a study to determine the effects of cranberry extract on the development of urinary tract infections in dogs. The team studied 12 pet dogs in one experiment, and six additional dogs in a second experiment. The researchers conclude that:
“Oral administration of cranberry extract prevented development of a UTI and prevented E. coli adherence to MDCK [canine kidney] cells, which may indicate it has benefit for preventing UTIs in dogs.”
The statements mean that cranberry extract appears to be as or more effective in preventing urinary tract infections in dogs as short-term antimicrobial treatment — without the side effects.
In the same year, researchers from the universities of Granada (Spain) and Kvopio (Finland) have confirmed that cranberry extract helps fighting urinary tract infections (UTIs) in breastfed babies under one year of age. Their work has demonstrated that this compound prevents the prescription of antibiotics in the prophylaxis for recurrent urinary tract infections in infants with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), so preventing the risk of increasing the bacterial antibiotic resistance.
Given the results, "cranberry extract, which in previous researches had already shown effectiveness in preventing urinary infections in adults, is also effective and safe for breastfed infants with this condition." said the researcher.
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