Cranberry Juice Vs. Lemonade

urinary bladder infections | Pacific Urology | East Bay Area

Cranberry juice and lemonade are two of the most commonly advised juices for urologic ailments. But they should not be used for the wrong reasons.

Cranberry juice for bladder infections

Cranberry juice or cranberry pills are helpful to reduce urinary bladder infections. A bladder infection is caused by bacteria sticking to the bladder wall, resulting in symptoms of urinary urgency, frequency, bleeding and pain. Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria.

Cranberry works in a different mechanism. The cranberry makes the bacteria less sticky to the bladder wall. Used in good volume this can help to reduce urinary infections. If you have significant symptoms, then you will need antibiotics to treat the infection.

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Lemonade for kidney stones

Cranberry is also high in oxalate, which promotes some types of kidney stones. Therefore, CRANBERRY JUICE IS BAD FOR SOME PATIENTS WITH KIDNEY STONES. The oxalate makes kidney stones grow faster.

Patients with kidney stones should drink lemonade. Lemons have a high concentration of citric acid, which is a natural stone inhibitor. Drinking a glass or two a day can help to reduce the risk of growing more stones.

Bottom line:

  1. Cranberry juice for bladder infections
  2. Lemonade for kidney stones