Cranberry juice works really well for UTIs. It has a component in it that keeps bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. It won't necessarily cure it, but sometimes it will, especially combined with drinking lots and lots and lots of water (which is a good idea anyway). It also helps considerably with symptom relief.
You do need to drink a lot of it. If you're using one of the 29% percent cranberry juice cocktails, we're talking several (2-3 at least) large juice glasses a day. So maybe not the happiest option for someone who is worried about sugar, because all of those have to be sweetened with something, even if it's just other fruit juices. Cranberry juice on its own is very hard to take even diluted.
Some people claim you want to avoid the sugar and drink the straight stuff anyway, though, due to the bacteria liking sugar -- I've never noticed a difference, personally. There are also cranberry concentrate tablets/capsules that you could look into, but I have no experience with them.
All personal experience/mileage may vary, etc.
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