The urinary tract comprises of the kidneys
, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most UTIs only involve the urethra and bladder, but can extend up to the ureters and kidneys, in the upper tract.
A bladder infection is caused by bacteria normally found in your bowel. The bladder has several systems to prevent infection. Mostly urination flushes out bacteria before it reaches the bladder, but sometimes the body is unable to fight infection.
How Can Blueberry Help Fight the Infection?
As published on livestrong.com, “The New England Journal of Medicine” suggests that specific compounds found in blueberries — called proanthocyanidins — prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Also, large amounts of vitamin C inhibit the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. One cup of raw blueberries provides about 15 milligrams of vitamin C — or 20 percent of the daily intake the Institute of Medicine recommends for women.”
You can derive similar benefits from blueberry juice, better so from the unsweetened one as it is If fresh blueberries are an issue you can opt for, two 500-mg capsules of a 36:1 blueberry concentrate which is equivalent to one-quarter cup of fresh blueberries.
If you do not have a shop nearby that sells fresh produce, then you can pick up a pack of frozen blueberries at your local grocery store.
The fresh version is always a better option.