Urinary tract infections affect women of all ages
Urinary tract infections (UTI) begin when bacteria (such as E. coli) attach to the walls of the urinary tract and begin to multiply. Most commonly, the bacteria travel upwards to become a bladder infection, causing cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). The result of a UTI may include pain or burning on urination, the frequent urge to urinate, cloudy or smelly urine, pressure above the pubic bone, and fatigue. If left untreated the bladder infection may travel to the kidneys and become more serious.
Recurring Urinary Tract Infection Causes
Many women suffer from recurring UTI or cystitis. This can be caused by imbalances in intestinal and vaginal microflora due to factors such as age, menstrual cycle, birth control, pregnancy, medications, and diet. Changes in hormone levels during menopause can make the tissues of the vagina, bladder, and urethra thinner and drier, which may increase the risk of a UTI.
One of the best ways to prevent a UTI is to stop the bacteria from attaching to urinary tract walls.
Cranberry is well known to prevent pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls, helping reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).  In fact, clinical studies suggest this benefit is due to the presence of the active constituents, proanthocyanidins. One study showed that when women with an acute UTI were given 250-500 mg of cranberry extract twice daily, with standardized proanthocyanidin content of 1.5%, 41% experienced complete relief of UTI symptoms, along with a 35-65% reduction in the amount of bacteria (E. coli) found in their urine. Cranberry is an important alternative to the antibiotics used to prevent recurrent UTIs, as it does not lead to bacterial drug resistance and is very well tolerated.
Probiotics help restore intestinal microflora after treatment with antibiotics and benefit the urinary and vaginal health of women of all ages. In particular, probiotics, like cranberry, stop pathogenic bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract, while also maintaining an acidic environment that stops pathogenic bacterial growth.
Urinary Formula provides an effective dose of 2.5 billion active probiotc cells and 250 mg of 36:1 cranberry extract per capsule and does not require refrigeration to maintain the activity of bacterial cultures.