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CranCap is a once a day dietary supplement designed for both men and women who are prone to developing urinary tract infections. CranCap contains 36mg of powerful PACs which are the active ingredient.
40 to 50% of women will have at least one UTI during their lifetime and 20 to 30% of those women will experience a recurrence. ( Cite) (Foxman and Brown 2003). Women are more likely to develop UTI's than men because women have a shorter urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. A UTI occurs when bacteria from another source, such as the nearby anus, gets into the urethra. The most common bacteria found to cause UTI's is Escherichia coli (E. coli). Other bacteria can cause a UTI, but E. coli is the culprit about 90 percent of the time. E. coli bacteria is normally found in the gastrointestinal tract and is considered to be a good bacteria there because it helps our gut function properly. If it migrates outside of the gastrointestinal tract though, it can be deadly. Because the urethra and the anus occupy real estate within inches of each other, it is very easy to transmit fecal bacteria from one area to another. Situations that contribute to infection include improper wiping after using the restroom, dehydration, holding urine for too long, use of spermicidal foams, sexual intercourse, menopause, pregnancy, diabetes, kidney stones and enlarged prostates in men. (1)
CranCap is backed by science and research. It was originally thought that cranberry juice prevented UTI's because of the acidity of the juice and the flushing effect of the liquid. We now know differently.
CranCap contains 36 mg of proanthocyanidins which is the active ingredient clinically proven to deliver ex-vivo (outside of the bacteria) E coli bacterial anti-adhesion properties.
So how does a cranberry supplement prevent an infection? Proanthocyanidins (PACs) from cranberries affect E. coli cells in three ways. Cranberry PACs (1) change the shape of the E. coli from rods to spheres, (2) alter the cell membranes, and (3) compress tendrils on the outside of the cells, which affects E. coli’s ability to attach to cells lining the bladder wall. All of these effects inhibit the bacteria’s ability to attach to cells lining the bladder wall. If the bacteria cannot attach itself, an infection cannot develop. (Source US cranberry council). 80 to 90% of all UTIs are caused by a single type of bacteria, E. coli.