There’s an old rumour about cranberries – that if you’re ever suffering from a urinary tract infection, drinking cranberry juice will help to clear it up.
In this article, we’ll investigate if that old legend contains any truth. But first, we’ll explain what cranberry tablets are. Then, we’ll discuss if cranberry tablets can support women in healthy bladder function and control.
We’ll see if cranberry tablets will help you achieve any weight loss goals, or if there are any side effects. Finally, we’ll contrast and compare cranberry tablets with cranberry juice – so you can choose the product that’s right for you.
What are cranberry tablets?
Cranberries are a tart, bright-red berry, full of antioxidants1. Cranberry tablets are made from cranberries which have been dried out, ground down, and bound in a tablet form.
Health benefits of cranberry tablets
Cranberries may be small, but they’re big on health benefits. Here’s how cranberry tablets can support you in a healthy lifestyle:
A scientific study showed that women who took cranberry tablets twice a day, for 2 months, experienced less UTI infections2. This might be because cranberries stop pathogens like E.coli binding to the urethra wall and bladder3.
Cranberries and cranberry tablets are full of antioxidants which help to reduce oxidative stress in the body4. Oxidative stress contributes to ageing and the development of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, and neurological problems5.
Individuals who regularly drink cranberry juice have lower instances of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and higher instances of ‘good’ LDL cholesterol. More LDL cholesterol is positively correlated with lower heart disease risk6.
Studies suggest that cranberry consumption can stop pathogens binding to the mouth (like they do in the urethra and bladder), to enhance teeth and gum health7.
Fights colds and flu
Studies show that cranberry consumption is connected with less severe cold and flu symptoms8.
Cranberry tablets for weight loss
Cranberries are rich in polyphenols9. This beneficial micronutrient is responsible for the deep colour in plant-derived food like cranberries, turmeric, and sweet potato. Studies suggest that polyphenols can support weight loss by increasing metabolism10.
Potential side effects of cranberry tablets
The vast majority of people experience no problems when taking cranberry tablets. However, there have been instances of people suffering from stomach aches11, abdominal pain12, and increased frequency of urination13.
People with a history of kidney stones might want to avoid cranberry tablets, as emerging science suggests cranberry tablets can increase the risk of more stones developing14.
Those on blood thinners should also avoid cranberry juice, as it may negatively impact the efficacy of the medication15.
Cranberry tablets or cranberry juice?
Recent scientific studies show it’s likely that cranberry tablets reduce the instances of UTIs. Still, there’s no evidence to support cranberry juice doing the same1617.
Both cranberry juice and cranberry tablets contain antioxidant-rich polyphenols18. However, cranberry juice typically has added sugar, which means it’s healthier to incorporate cranberry tablets into your routine.
Last Updated: 12th October 2020