Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice and IC

//Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice and IC


Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice and cranberry products are NOT helpful for all bladder conditions. In fact, cranberry can provoke increased urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and, as thousands of interstitial cystitis patients can attest to, severe pain and discomfort. Cranberry juice is known as the “acid-bomb” in IC patient support groups and has long been considered one of the worst beverages that an IC patient can drink.

Why? Foods high in acid (i.e. citrus fruits and juices, cranberry, vinegar) create irritation in much the same way that acid poured on a wound on your hand would feel. It hurts! Cranberries, for example, contain quinic, malic and citric acid which may help us understand why cranberry juice is irritating for most of us. These acids provoke yet more inflammation in the bladder as they scour the wounds, damage new cells trying to repair the bladder wall and reduce the effectiveness of IC therapies.

Despite our best efforts to educate patients about dietary modifications, thousands still continue to consume cranberry products at the urging of family members and friends, suffering needless pain and discomfort.

Learn more in the ICN IC & Prostatitis Diet List

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 23rd, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #23 – Cranberry Juice and IC

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!