It’s the PACs, within cranberries, that are clinically proven to prevent UTIs and protect bladder health. But most cranberry supplements do not contain PACs.
For a UTI to occur, bacteria must invade and adhere to the lining of the bladder. Inside cranberries are molecules called Proanthocyanidins (PACs). These PACs can help stop bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall and reduce the chance of infection.
In May 2019, The American Urological Association (AUA) included the use of cranberry PACs in its recommended guidelines to help prevent recurrent UTIs.
The AUA guidelines say PACs are a safe, non-antibiotic, option that can prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.
Cranberries as super food
Cranberries are a superfood, packed with antioxidants and good for maintaining overall health. It’s long been thought cranberries also can prevent urinary tract infections.
But cranberry juice, chewables, and others have high amounts of sugar, and clinical studies show they do not have anti-UTI fighting qualities.
It is only the bioactive ingredient in cranberries, called PACs, that can prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.
What are PACs?
PACs are a type of polyphenol, a plant-based micronutrient full of antioxidants. It can be found in many fruits, but cranberries have an especially high concentration of PACs.
PACs work to block UTI causing bacteria, such as E-Coli, the most common causing bug, from attaching to the bladder wall and causing an infection. PACs flush these harmful invaders out of your system to prevent an infection from developing.
Watch this quick video learn about natural UTI prevention and cranberry PACs.
Many cranberry supplements don’t have any, or enough, PACs to be effective. It’s complex, and costly, to extract a lot of PACs from cranberries.
Standard portions of cranberries and most cranberry supplement only provide a minimal amount of PACs, usually 1 % or less than 5 mgs. This is not enough to combat infections.
Research at Rutgers University revealed that high concentration 500mg cranberry products had no effect on E-Coli.
To be effective against bacteria, the dosage (36mgs) and concentrated strength (15%) of PACs must be exact. It must be medical grade and precision controlled to fight off UTI-causing bacteria.
Utiva UTI Control Supplement is produced at a 15% concentration of PACs resulting in the must-have exact dosage of 36mg of PAC in each capsule. We use a scientifically proven method to measure the precise PAC concentration (called the BL-DMAC method).
Our supplement is extracted from whole fresh cranberries which ensure we get PACs from all components of a cranberry - not only from the juice or the insoluble parts of the fruit (seeds, skins, pulp, and flesh.) This full source of PACs has strong positive effects on gut and bladder health and provides a greater amount of antioxidants.