Cran-Max Better Option for Women Struggling With UTI

Concentrated Cranberry Ingredient More Effective Than Juice and Safer Long-Term Solution Compared to Antibiotics

KEARNY, NJ--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Each year, nearly 11 million women in the United States are given antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTI). But a specific concentrated cranberry ingredient called Cran-Max, found in certain natural cranberry supplements, may be as effective as antibiotics according to clinical research published in scientific journals.

A recent trial published in Clinical Infectious Diseases challenged the effectiveness of cranberries for preventing reoccurring UTI. The trial reviewed a group of college women experiencing acute UTI who were instructed to drink 8 ounces of 27-percent cranberry juice twice daily. The women did not experience a decrease in the six-month incidence of a second UTI, compared with those drinking a placebo. 

Leading health author and natural pharmacist Sherry Torkos says the trial should not deter women from using cranberries for urinary tract health but should make them more aware of the type of cranberries that are most effective.

"Cranberry juice cocktail has a very low concentration of pure cranberry, containing only 27 to 33 percent; the rest of the juice is typically made up of sugar water," says Torkos. "Taking concentrated cranberry supplements for the prevention of UTI is more effective and economical."

Cran-Max is a concentrated form of raw cranberries that contains its fruit, seed, skin and juice. It is the most widely studied cranberry supplement and is the first to be supported by scientific studies. A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy compared the effects of a commonly prescribed antibiotic to Cran-Max in women with reoccurring UTI and found that Cran-Max was comparable to the antibiotic for UTI prevention.

"When recommending nutritional supplements, it's important to look at the science in order to verify whether products are safe and effective," says Torkos. "I have recommended products containing Cran-Max for years, because this particular cranberry supplement is backed by solid science and I have seen its benefits first-hand in my practice."

UTIs affect four in five women and are the second most common reason for absenteeism at work. Eighty percent of all women will experience a UTI in their lifetime.

One 500 milligram capsule of Cran-Max is recommended daily, for urinary tract health. No negative side effects of Cran-Max have been reported. For more information or copies of the studies visit:

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