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Can cranberries cause kidney stones?

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Cranberry juice is high in salts called oxalates, which can make kidney stones more likely, especially if you already tend to get these types of stones.

SOURCES:

American Family Physician , August 2008.

Journal of Family Practice : “Does cranberry juice prevent or treat urinary tract infection?”

Journal of Urology : “Effect of cranberry juice consumption on urinary stone risk factors.”

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary Tract Infection."

News releases, Science Daily.

British Medical JournalLactobacillus : “Randomised trial of cranberry-lingonberry juice and GG drink for the prevention of urinary tract infections in women.”

The Canadian Journal of Urology: “ A randomized trial to evaluate effectiveness and cost effectiveness of naturopathic cranberry products as prophylaxis against urinary tract infection in women.”

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : “Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections.”

National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse: “What I need to know about Urinary Tract Infections.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Urinary Tract Conditions: Examining the Evidence on Cranberry and Saw Palmetto.”

American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Cranberry.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Family Physician , August 2008.

Journal of Family Practice : “Does cranberry juice prevent or treat urinary tract infection?”

Journal of Urology : “Effect of cranberry juice consumption on urinary stone risk factors.”

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary Tract Infection."

News releases, Science Daily.

British Medical JournalLactobacillus : “Randomised trial of cranberry-lingonberry juice and GG drink for the prevention of urinary tract infections in women.”

The Canadian Journal of Urology: “ A randomized trial to evaluate effectiveness and cost effectiveness of naturopathic cranberry products as prophylaxis against urinary tract infection in women.”

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : “Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections.”

National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse: “What I need to know about Urinary Tract Infections.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Urinary Tract Conditions: Examining the Evidence on Cranberry and Saw Palmetto.”

American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Cranberry.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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