Does drinking cranberry juice help with a yeast infection? Well this is something that we will take a closer look at here since cranberry (specifically cranberry juice) in an amazing natural healer. Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon or Oxycoccus quadripetalus) is from the family that includes blueberry, azalea as well as uva-ursi. It’s the berries that are used for treating various health issues including the following;
Urinary tract infections – this probably the most commonly known use for cranberry as researchers have found that it contains a bacteria fighting chemical known as hippuric acid which is passed during urine from eating cranberries or drinking cranberry juice which helps prevent UTIs. Studies found that the juice helps to prevent germs which cause UTIs from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract which reduces the risk of infection.
Cataracts – Cranberries contain antioxidants known as anthocyanosides which may be able to prevent cataracts.
Degenerative disease prevention – Anthocyanosides also help prevent and reverse cell damage caused by free radicals which when left unchecked to damage healthy cells can increase the risk of developing various degenerative diseases. This cell damage prevention also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and certain cancers.
Diabetic retinopathy – These antioxidants found in cranberries also help to strengthen retinal blood vessels which can help prevent one of the complications which can result from having diabetes (damage to capillaries which nourish the retina leading to blurred vision).
Macular degeneration – Cranberries prevent deterioration to an area of the retina known as the macula.
Incontinence – People dealing with urinary incontinence usually start drinking cranberry juice because it helps reduce embarrassing odor since cranberries deodorize urine.
Does drinking cranberry juice help with a yeast infection?
While there are many natural remedies for yeast infection and cranberries are beneficial for various health issues especially UTIs, cranberries are just not the best for treating yeast infection if they even work at all. Sure they can help with fighting bacteria related to UTIs but there is no support for cranberries being antifungal which is necessary for treating a fungus like candida albicans which is commonly at the root of yeast infections.
Some of the other reasons that cranberry juice or eating the berries is not a good idea for yeast infections is because of its highly acidic properties since candida albicans loves acidic environments and will thrive in acidic environment.
In addition, pure cranberry juice is not only highly acidic but also too sour to drink which is why water and sugar is added to the commercial juice which turns it into a “cocktail”. As we’ve discussed here, candida loves sugar and you’ll have to consume the juice with plenty of sugar for it to be somewhat palatable so it’s no good for treating yeast infections because you probably won’t be able to get the juice down without adding the sugar that yeast loves to it. You’ll end up giving candida what it needs to thrive. For more information regarding this, please take a look at the best selling e-book Yeast Infection no More