Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common types of bacterial infections worldwide. It is estimated that over 150 million people contract UTIs each year. Anyone can develop a UTI, but women are 30 times more likely to be affected than men. Approximately 40% of women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives. A UTI can affect any part of the urinary system, including the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys, but it usually starts in organs of the lower urinary tract, bladder, and urethra.
UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, but infection recurrence is very common. Further, the overuse of antibiotics can have long-term negative consequences, such as damage to the normal, healthy bacteria in your urinary tract, and possibly contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Research suggests that up to 42% of mild and uncomplicated UTIs can be resolved without the use of antibiotics. If you are one of the many people in the world who experiences recurrent UTIs, you may be seeking natural and alternative solutions to avoid excessive exposure to antibiotic drugs.
Vitamin supplements that may help prevent and treat mild UTIs include: