Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year (1). Women are most especially prone to UTIs because the bacteria that commonly causes an UTI are found in the large intestine, stool, and on the surface of the skin between the anus and vagina. Due to these anatomical reasons, it is easy for the bacteria to enter the urinary system by means of the urethra; thus, causing an UTI. Approximately 20% of women with a first UTI will have a recurrent infection (2). UTIs are not as common within men as they are women. However, everyone is at some risk. People with spinal cord injuries and nerve damage located near the bladder often have difficulty emptying their bladder completely, allowing bacteria to grow within the urine. Diabetics and men with enlarged prostates are also at risk for contracting UTIs. One study found that 15% of antibiotics are thought to be used as a form of treatment of UTIs in a community setting (3). There is overwhelming evidence that over prescribing antibiotics can lead to other health problems and antibiotic resistance making UTIs harder to treat. Thankfully, there is a natural remedy which could protect the urinary system from antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as “super bugs.”
Cranberries are one of the most potent super fruits found on the Earth. Cranberries have been known for centuries for keeping urinary systems healthy. Cranberries contain an abundant amount of the richest antioxidants, that safegaurd healthy cells from damaging free radicals. One of the powerful antioxidants in particular that prevents infection by impeding bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls is known as, proanthocyanidins (PACs). PACs are found in cranberries, grape seed extract, and other berries. PACs are truly remarkable for the sheer amount of health benefits they provide!
Not all cranberry products are the same. The age old wife’s tale of drinking cranberry juice to fend off UTIs known more so now as a fallacy. More current research has found that drinking eight ounces of cranberry cocktail twice per day does not significantly reduce the rate of UTI recurrence (4). Other over the counter cranberry supplements tout that they can help promote urinary health by obtaining the benefits of cranberry juice without the tart taste and added sugar. What most of cranberry supplements and juices lack is the mega concentration of PACs. This is what drives our company, Natural Subsistence, to reformulating the average cranberry pill into something greater and better while using all natural ingredients.
Our product, PhytoKran is bursting with PACs! Most cranberry pills use an unstandardized concentrate of cranberry or a low standardization of cranberry extract. The PACs found in PhytoKran contain a combination of cranberry extract and grape seed extract. PhytoKran is composed of a higher standardization of PACs from cranberry and grape seed extract giving you more health benefits in each capsule. PhytoKran contains forty times more PACs than most other cranberry pills on the market! In order to obtain the potency of the PACs in each capsule, you would need to drink sixteen glasses of cranberry juice!
PhytoKran is designed to naturally protect and defends women’s overall health. The PACs found in PhytoKran have been shown to not only protect urinary tract health, but to: promote a healthy heart, improve skin elasticity, enhance joint health, improve immune system, and defend against cancer causing free radicals. PhytoKran also contains real ginger to naturally prevent stomach upset or nausea among those with sensitive stomachs. PhytoKran does not contain any artificial ingredients, fillers, or red dyes to denote cranberry potency. PhytoKran was developed with vegetarians, vegans, and plant based diets in mind. The capsules are made with 100% real vegetable cellulose. PhytoKran is so powerful, it is recommended to be taken once daily.
It’s time start preventing UTIs instead of treating. Here are tips to protect against UTIs:
- Drink plenty of water
- Take PhytoKran once daily
- Wipe front to back when using the restroom
- Use the bathroom more frequently instead of waiting
- Go to the bathroom after sexual activity
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight fitting pants
- Schappert SM, Rechtsteiner EA. Ambulatory medical care utilization estimates for 2006. National health statistics reports; no 8. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2008.
- Tolkoff-Rubin NE, Cotran RS, Rubin RH. Urinary tract infection, pyelonephritis, and reflux nephropathy. In: Brenner BM, ed. Brenner & Rector’s The Kidney. 8th ed. Vol. 2. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2008: 1203–1238.
- Mazzulli T. Resistance trends in urinary tract pathogens and impact on management. J Urol 2002; 168(4 Pt 2): 1720–1722.
- Barbosa-Cesnik C, Brown MB, Buxton M, et al. Cranberry juice fails to prevent recurrent urinary tract infection: results from a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52:23-30.