Can Vitamin C Help with UTIs?
Statistics show that over half of all women will suffer from a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at some point in their life. A UTI usually manifests itself with a burning sensation while urinating, cloudy and strong-smelling urine, pelvic pain and the frequent need to urinate. UTIs are usually treated with a course of antibiotics which kill off the offending bacteria in the urinary tract. However, there has been increasing evidence that Vitamin C can assist with UTIs.
Can Vitamins C Help with UTIs?
Vitamin C plays a vital role in many functions of the human body and is considered safe – even in high doses. As a water-soluble vitamin, it is eliminated from the body via the urine, and it’s this fact which makes it an interesting treatment option for UTIs. Vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – creates an acidic environment and is believed to react with bacteria causing them to self-destruct. (Source)
The main problem with treating UTIs with Vitamin C is that we may not be dealing with a bacterial infection which the ascorbic acid can act on. In addition, there may be other factors, including the dosage requirements, that remain unknown.
Therefore it’s always a good idea to get a solid diagnosis from your medical practitioner so that you have all the facts.
However, we’d like to share what the medical community says about Vitamin C use for UTIs.
Hopkins Medicine, in an article on UTI and how to prevent it, says, “Drink cranberry juice. Large amounts of vitamin C limit the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine. Vitamin C supplements have the same effect.
An article in the Chicago Tribune by Dr Allen Douma says, “Prevention and self-care treatment also are important. Cranberry juice is well known as being effective in controlling urinary-tract infections.
“The mechanism of action is unknown, but a component of cranberry juice acidifies the urine, which has an antibacterial effect. Also, there's some evidence that components in cranberry juice reduce the ability of bacteria to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra.”
Another article in Live Strong states, “A review of research studies conducted by a medical team from Thorne Research, USA, vitamin C and other natural supplements may help prevent and manage urinary tract infections. In this article published in September 2008 issue of "Alternative Medicine Review," the authors found that vitamins A and C are useful for preventing urinary tract infections, while potassium salts help reduce painful urination associated with urinary tract infections. However, for long term prevention of urinary tract infections, the most effective supplements appear to be cranberry, which is rich in vitamin C, as well as mannose and probiotics, according to this review of scientific studies.”
As mentioned, it’s always best to meet with your doctor for a correct diagnosis so you know what you are dealing with. We are of the opinion that the body is excellent at healing itself given the correct tools, and we’d like to work with you to combat your UTI or other ailments – naturally.