All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: My daughter has had a number of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and has been recommended cranberry juice, but she does not like it.

I found these chewable tablets called Solaray's cranactin chew but cant find information on whether they are appropriate for children, do you have any advice about these?


A:Cranberry supplement would be a much better option than cranberry juice as the juice is normally not 100% cranberry (it is usually 20-30%) and the cranberry supplement would give a standardised dosage.

Studies have shown that cranberry may decrease the number of UTI over a 12 month period for women. Cranberry juice lowers the ability of certain bacteria to stick to the urinary tract lining so prevents infection.

The package information for this product states:
As a dietary supplement for adults, take one chewable up to four times daily. For children, take one chewable tablet up to two times daily.

Let your doctor know if you are having cranberry juice (or taking cranberry supplements) as it can alter the effectiveness of some antibiotics.

If your daughter is having numerous UTIs, you need to take her to the doctor to determine the cause of it.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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