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February 02, 2009

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Elena

Do you think the cranberry extract works as well as cranberry juice? I drink a little juice every day--only used the supplement when I went to France last year & didn't think I'd find cranberry juice there.

Nancy

I used to hate taking those horse-pill calcium supplements. Then I discovered sugar-free chocolate calcium chews at Costco. Whoever invented them should get a Nobel Prize.

Karen

I'm told that if you drink sweetened cranberry juice (that is, "cranberry juice cocktail"), you're defeating the purpose, because the sugar messes up the pH balance. I was drinking unsweetened cranberry juice every day, but it is SO very tart that I couldn't drink it without mixing it with orange or grapefruit juice, and I finally decided that I'd rather pop a pill than be drinking all that juice every day. And yes, I think it does work as well.

James

I've heard it said that Americans have the richest urine in the world. I still take a multivitamin now and again even though I eat tons of fruit and veggies, and may packaged foods are sprayed with vitamins.

I think the fish oil is definitely a good idea, because those are hard-to-get fat-soluble nutrients. Also, they are said to help a lot with dry eyes. I have never taken them regularly, though.

Also: I am a big proponent of fiber in all its forms. A happy digestive system is important.

Karen

If you want to start taking fish oil regularly, I recommend Fisol brand -- it's more expensive, but it doesn't dissolve until it gets to the intestines, so no fish burps! And re digestion, I'm all about probiotics. I take one daily, and more at the first sign of upset stomach. (For little kids who can't swallow pills, you open up the capsule into some OJ.) You want to look for a brand that has a lot of different critters.

B.O.B.(bob)

Let's see fish oil, multivitamin, fiber and glucosamine (which all studies indicate does nothing but I've twice stopped taking it and twice my knee started throbbing again a few weeks later so I'll just keep throwing that money away if it keeps my knees happy, seems to do nothing for my hip on the other hand).

On the cranberry front. Your reason for not drinking the cocktail sounded fishy to me. Sugar really shouldn't affect the pH of the juice much. then I thought about the fact that a little cranberry juice isn't going to significantly change the pH of your stomach and urine. A little searching found this http://www.pitt.edu/~cjm6/s99cranberry.html

so it's the tannins in the berries that are the beneficial ingredient not the pH. I also think that this means red wine is probably a pretty good preventative as well!

Karen

You're right. I think I was mixing up my UTIs and my yeast infections -- sugar feeds yeast, etc.

Andy took glucosamine for a while, but it didn't seem to help him. I'm all about placebos -- if it works, take it!

Margaret

I'm glad about the cranberry juice because I drink it every morning, but it is sweetened. I do a multi-vitamin, a fish oil pill and a vitamin D/Calcium/soy pill--plus a mini-aspirin. I hate taking stuff!! I would rather just do the multi-vitamin.

Guarana

Our reason for not drinking the cocktail sounded fishy to me. Sugar really shouldn't affect the pH of the juice much. Then I thought about the fact that a little cranberry juice isn't going to significantly change the pH of your stomach and urine.

Karen

You're right -- I left a comment above to that effect. I was mixing up UTIs with yeast infections. You don't want to have sugar when you have a yeast infection, because it feeds the yeast. Sugar doesn't affect pH.

Jeff

"I think I was mixing up my UTIs and my yeast infections". How unfortunate. I know you didn't mean it that way but it still struck me funny.
My wife started the cranberry supplements. The older we get it seems pretty damn tough to be a woman. God bless you all.

JP

Karen, I just searched "richest urine in the world" and you're on the first results page in Google.

Thought I'd mention it.

I'm skeptical that a lot of vitamins will help that much, unless people aren't eating a good variety of foods. They seem to spray vitamins on everything now. However, I still take a multivitamin now and again and have been considering taking a stress vitamin.

My primary problem is... how do you remember to take all those things? I have to take an acid reducer twice daily and can barely remember to take that.

Cheers!

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