Cranberry juice was compared to Lactobacillus in children with recurrent urinary tract infections by researchers at the Catholic University, in Rome, Italy.
First, the details.
84 girls, 3 to 14 years old were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 6 months.
Cranberry juice 50 mL daily
100 mL of Lactobacillus GG drink 5 days a month
And, the results.
Only 4 patients discontinued treatment early.
There were 34 episodes of urinary tract infections.
The incidences of at least 1 urinary tract infections were as follows.
Cranberry juice: 19%, significantly better than the other groups
Lactobacillus GG: 42%
Control: 48 %
The bottom line?
The authors concluded, â€œThese data suggest that daily consumption of concentrated cranberry juice can significantly prevent the recurrence of symptomatic urinary tract infections in children.â€
The value of cranberries to prevent urinary tract infections is mixed as reported here and here.
However, these results with Lactobacillus GG support a recent review by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, where â€œNo clear benefit was seen forâ€¦ urinary tract infection. â€œ
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.