Good News about UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)

Posted: April 7, 2010 in health
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If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you don’t need me to tell you that it’s one of the most uncomfortable experiences ever. Unfortunately, UTIs are the most common bacterial infection in the country, with millions of people (mostly women) requiring medical care every year, according to an article in Life Extension Foundation’s magazine.

Typically, UTIs are treated with antibiotics. But as is often the case, the “cure” has disadvantages of its own, as the article’s author points out:

Conventional medicine typically calls for aggressive treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics, including trimethoprim, cephalexin, or ciprofloxacin (Cipro®). The deleterious effects of these drugs on women’s health are notorious: fatigue, nausea, digestive distress, secondary infection, and the eventual evolution of resistant bacterial strains impervious to even the most powerful antibiotics.

Now for the good news. Extracts from hibiscus flowers have been shown to not only combat the bacteria responsible for the infections, but also fight the fungus that are linked to UTIs.  But wait … there’s more! Earlier clinical trials have found that hibiscus extract lowers “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and may reduce blood pressure, making it a win-win supplement for many people. And that means it’s also a good complement to cranberry juice and supplements, which are also proven to combat UTIs.

To be on the safe side, talk to your health care practitioner  about adding hibiscus supplements to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, attempting to become pregnant or are being treated for a health concern.

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