Evidently Advent Day 21: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season!

What are cranberries good for?

Lots of people consume cranberry products believing this will help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). A Cochrane review investigated whether there is evidence to support this. It showed that cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing UTIs and may be unacceptable to consume in the long term. Cranberry products (such as tablets or capsules) were also ineffective, possibly due to lack of potency of the ‘active ingredient’

See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001321/RENAL_cranberries-for-preventing-urinary-tract-infections#sthash.MWy5eyls.dpuf

On the plus side, cranberries are good for Christmas, with lots of us enjoying them in our festive fare. I asked you to share your favourite cranberry recipes and here’s my pick of the crop: thank you Claire Allen for this easy recipe for delicious cranberry rock cakes!


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About Sarah Chapman

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

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