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Cranberry Juice for Bacterial Vaginosis

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author image Jenny Seals
Jenny Seals began writing professionally in 2011. She specializes in health care and nutrition and currently works as a clinical dietitian for a local hospital. Seals holds a Master of Science in nutritional science in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts in biology, both from the University of South Carolina.
Cranberry Juice for Bacterial Vaginosis
The juice from cranberries can help prevent bacterial vaginosis infections. Photo Credit gitusik/iStock/Getty Images

Bacterial imbalances are common and occur frequently during pregnancy, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are less than desirable, so finding a quick treatment to bacterial vaginosis is often sought. Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis includes painful urination, vaginal discharge and odor. If you are having these symptoms, consider using cranberry juice for curing your bacterial vaginosis.

Bacterial Balance

Pure cranberry juice should be part of your daily routine, especially if you are a sexually active woman. Sexually active women have a greater chance of experiencing bacterial imbalances causing them to suffer the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Cranberries inhibit the growth of bacteria by creating an acidic environment in the urinary tract makes it almost impossible for bacteria to grow in. Consuming cranberry juice daily can reduce the chances of developing a bacterial vaginosis infections.

Detoxing Effect

The vitamins C and K, fiber, potassium and antioxidants are ingredients in cranberry juice that work to flush out the kidneys and bacteria in the urinary tract. Drinking cranberry juice will work as a detoxer as you flush toxins and waste out of your body; thereby, reducing your chances of obtaining a vaginal infection.

Cranberry and Cells

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that prevent bacteria from having the ability to attach to the cells in our bodies. Attachment of bacteria to cells in your body is the first step necessary to developing infections, including bacterial vaginosis. According to The Cranberry Institute, proanthocyanidins in cranberry juice change the cell membranes of the bacteria and make it difficult for bacteria to come in contact with other cells.

Seeking Medical Attention

Just drinking a glass of juice several times a day can help reduce the possibility of developing a bacterial vaginosis infection. Pure cranberry juice is definitely affordable, much less expensive than visiting the doctor and purchasing a prescription medication. However, if symptoms persist for more than 7 days, see your doctor.

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