2009, Number 3
Rev Mex Urol 2009; 69 (3)
De-León-Jaén SC, Ovadía-Rosenfeld L, Vásquez-Delgado LR, Fainsod-Aronowitz T
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ABSTRACTThe cranberry has been used throughout history as treatment for urinary infections. It was thought to acidify urine but recent studies have shown that the activity of its principal substances, fructose and anthocyanidins, hinder E. coli bacterium adhesion to the urothelium. This has been shown to be predominant in women but not in neurogenic bladder patients. The present review concludes that the cranberry acts as a preventive agent against urinary infections rather than as a treatment for them. Multiple studies are being carried out to determine the usefulness of anthocyanidins in other organs.