PACs for Prevention
For years, cranberries have been considered a superfood, meaning it's nutritionally dense, packed with antioxidants and good for maintaining overall health. Among its powers, the ability to prevent urinary tract infections is high on the list – but is there any truth behind it?
In fact, there are multiple studies that look at various forms of cranberries to the prevention of UTIs. But that doesn't mean you should start adding cranberries to your morning smoothie any time soon.
It was apparent that the results on studies were actually varied unless there was a consistency in the proanthocyanidin (PACs) amount and concentration within the powder. Further studies have shown that PACs are the bioactive components of the cranberry responsible for preventing UTIs. In standard cranberries or even cranberry capsules, there is a minimal amount of PACs (usually 1%) which are not typically mentioned on the nutritional facts.
Studies showed significant reductions in UTIs and even our own patient testimonials on Utiva UTI Control Supplement have been very positive.
Watch this quick video learn about natural UTI prevention and cranberry PACs.
What are proanthocyanidins (PACs)?
PACs are a type of polyphenol, a plant-based micronutrient that's packed with antioxidants. It can be found in many fruits, but cranberries contain a particularly high content in PACs. For Utiva UTI Control Supplement, we create a 15% concentration of PACs in 1 single capsule which provides excellent anti-adhesion capabilities.
PACs and UTI Prevention
Research has shown that PACs found in cranberries have a special ability: anti-adhesion. When PACs are present, they interfere with harmful bacteria like E.coli to stop them from latching on to the urinary tract or bladder walls minimizing the chances of bacteria causing an infection.
This results in your urinary system flushing out the harmful bacteria and therefore preventing an infection from developing.
Minimum dosage requirements
In order to be effective in preventing UTIs, studies have proven that 36mg of PACs once a day is required to help prevent recurrences.
Remember that not all cranberry supplements are created equal! In fact, major healthcare centers and clinics around the US have been saying the same, such as:
To be certain that a supplement contains the necessary dosage of PACs, be sure to read the ingredient list. It should be clearly listed. If not, there's probably not a high enough concentration for it to be worth mentioning.
In a 3rd party invitro analysis at Rutgers University (Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension), we measured the effectiveness of various supplements to reduce E-coli adhesion capabilities. In the table below, you can see how the products compared in Anti-Adhesion Value and the wide range of results in UTI prevention marketed products. The anti-adhesion capabilities in this test showed No Effect on standard high dose cranberry capsules (500mg) and start showing results with a high concentration of PACs within cranberry products.
Utiva Urinary Tract Infection Control Supplement
Our Utiva UTI Control Supplement is produced at a 15% concentration of PACs resulting in 36mg of PAC in each 240mg capsule. We also use a scientifically proven method to measure the PAC concentration (called the BL-DMAC method).
Additionally, 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, flesh, etc). This full source of PACs has shown strong positive effects on gut and bladder health and provides a greater amount of antioxidants.