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Is Cranberry Juice Good for You?

August 18, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here. A question I got recently
from a patient was, “Is cranberry juice good for you?” And my answer is, the benefits of
cranberry juice can be absolutely amazing if you’re buying the right type of cranberry
juice. In this video, I’m going to talk to you about
the many benefits of cranberry juice and what type of cranberry juice you should take and
what type you should absolutely stay away from. So let’s start talking about the many
benefits of cranberry juice. So cranberry juice, the reason it’s so beneficial
is, cranberries on the Orac Score Chart, which is the antioxidant ranking, they score nearly
10,000. That’s five times more antioxidants than spinach and five times more than most
other fruit. So first off, you can see that it is loaded with antioxidants. One of those phyto-nutrients in cranberries
is called anthocyanin, and it has anti-microbial properties. So one of the things that you
can use cranberry juice in treating is urinary tract infections. So again, if you have a
UTI, cranberry juice has many benefits. It is a great natural treatment. In fact, when I have patients who have UTIs,
I have them get off all sugar and just take a cranberry extract or cranberry juice, along
with vegetables for several days. And it completely helps eliminate those UTI infections, so again,
one of the main benefits there. Also one of the many benefits of cranberries
is because of the antioxidants, it’s a powerful cancer-fighter. And we know that most berries,
including blueberries and cranberries both, because of those antioxidants, can help fight
cancer. Another great benefit of cranberry is that
they really specifically support the kidneys and the bladder. And in Chinese medicine,
the kidneys are there, along with the adrenal glands, to help your body better deal with
stress. So if you’re under emotional stress on a regular basis, whether it’s relational
stress, workplace stress, or something else going on in your life to where you know you’re
stressed out, cranberry juice specifically is fantastic for helping your body deal with
stress because it improves circulation. And again, your kidneys are part of your body
that help deal with stress. And so again, if you tend to be a dramatic person or, again,
engaged in any type of stress, drinking cranberry juice on a regular basis can help combat those
issues. Also, cranberry juice is fantastic for your
liver. When you taste that sourness of that cranberry juice, that’s nourishing to your
liver, so it supports detoxification, another great benefit there of cranberry juice. As I mentioned earlier, the question I get
all the time, “Is cranberry juice good for you?” Well, it depends. Here’s the cranberry
juice you want to stay away from. If there is any added sugar, and that goes for dried
cranberries or cranberry juice both, but if there’s any added sugar, stay away from it.
The type of cranberry juice you want is, ideally you’d buy the cranberries whole and juice
them yourself. If not, just straight cranberry juice and ideally unpasteurized or low-temperature
pressed. But again, cranberry juice has tremendous
health benefits. It can be used to cleanse your urinary tract, cleanse your kidney, support
your adrenal glands, support your liver. You can see it is one of the world’s healthiest
foods, but again, you want to stay away from any with added sugar. I have actually several
great cranberry recipes on my website. If you simply go to, you’re going to
find several cranberry recipes on there. I know it’s popular during Thanksgiving, but
hey, you can use it year-round to take your health to the next level. Hey, guys. This has been Dr. Axe talking about
“Is cranberry juice good for you?”


  • Reply JuicyDrinkCom September 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Hi Dr Axe!
    Love this video, great information about all the good stuff in cranberries.
    Thank you so much!!
    Sugar free is our favourite too, so you can really taste the authentic fruits and berries and get the benefist and true taste only.

  • Reply Courtney Euler September 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I understand that the kind with sugar isn't as good for you but is it actually bad for you? Does it still have any of the health benefits? I've been drinking it since I was about 2 (now 24) and am wondering if I need to give it up? I'd rather not switch unless it is actually unhealthy since I love the stuff!

  • Reply It's Us. September 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I love cranberry juice, so it was great to hear more of the health benefits and what cranberry juices NOT to buy. I will say for any that may be reading, if you have had bladder surgery – you may want to consider another route. I have a friend that had to have bladder surgery, and cranberry juice irritates the scaring, even years later. So if you find that it is having the opposite effect on you, and you have undergone that type of surgery – that may be why! 🙂 – Arianna

  • Reply Tony Soltero September 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Your videos are very helpful Dr., I've switched my diet, on the road to healthy life. I recently saw your video on how to cure a tooth ache, which is what im dealing with right now.Please keep these videos going and thank you for your help.

  • Reply Miss mosley October 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    i buy the 100 % juice no sugar added !
    by ocean spray

  • Reply happyjojo626 November 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

    how about cranberry extracts? are they any good?

  • Reply Joyce Haner December 13, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I have a question. A month ago I got a sonogram to see if my vesicle (idk if I said that right) had something wrong. And while nothing was found in that part, a 1cm cyst was found in my kidney. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about, to continue my life as usual. My mom told me to drink lots of cranberry juice to see if it can break that cyst. Can cranberry juice actually do that?

  • Reply LARK'S GARDENS January 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you for all your helpful and healthful videos. PLEASE, when you say 'serving size' can you tell us EXACTLY what you consider a serving size? If I was to eat RAW cranberries, how many ounces or cup size would that be? And how much of that daily? To prevent UTI? To treat a UTI? How many ounces of the concentrate juice?

  • Reply pyrrhichos January 21, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What about Ocean Spray?

  • Reply Ava M February 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hi… do u have a video on tart Cherry juice?

  • Reply Luella Bakker-Barrink February 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I ❤️cranberry juice

  • Reply D bro March 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    i poped like 2bzans

  • Reply Angel Worlds April 4, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thank u
    Good info.

  • Reply Ronan Burns April 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I'm drinking it as I'm typing this

  • Reply Queen Z May 13, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Well my cranberry juice is all in Spanish but I hope its good because I drink A LOT of it

  • Reply Theo Harvey May 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    How about organic cranberry juice from the store?

  • Reply SAYA June 9, 2016 at 8:36 am


  • Reply RaYa PS June 12, 2016 at 7:17 am

    How about cranberry pills? I stress out a whole lot and have pretty much problem with digestion. I am now taking cranberry pills one a day, would it help?

  • Reply Randy Brown June 15, 2016 at 12:22 am

    What about high fructose corn syrup should we stay away from that as well or does it matter? And if you had to pick the best one on the market which one would it be? I been stickin with ocean spray 100% juice and that shit isGood!

  • Reply Curly Savv June 22, 2016 at 3:28 am

    what about cranberry juice with canesugar/beetsugar

  • Reply Alvin Biagas June 24, 2016 at 4:20 am

    is healthy balance okay? that's the make brand of the juice

  • Reply Alvin Biagas June 24, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I meant *name brand

  • Reply Bluet Almeida Fasce July 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Drinking pure (not from concentrate ) cranberry juice for more than a year (diluted with filtered water because it's really sour) and makes me feel so good! also cuts my sugar cravings.
    Trader Joe has the good one much cheaper than others and I also recycle the glass bottles and use them to store my home made almond milk or fresh filtered water 🙂

  • Reply Sherly Sree July 11, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Hi Mr Dr.josh Axe, can i use any brand for cranberry juice, can it cure genital warts from inside?

  • Reply clinton c July 23, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    so you saying cranberry juice with suger doesnt have the same benefit as cramberry with non suger elaborate why

  • Reply David Garcia July 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

    thx doc

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  • Reply Kurtis Collins August 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Cranberry is my favorite fruit, I usually eat them with breakfast and I have cranberry juice. I've noticed an improvement in my skin too; my hands are normally dry and crack- after a few days eating/drink cranberries, the irritations disappear.

  • Reply RheRheSmily August 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    what about sucralose in it?

  • Reply clinton c September 2, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    so if you get the kind with no sugar in it or eat something sweet before or soon after I guess it's no good. you might as well get the kind with sugar in it

  • Reply clinton c September 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    he need to explain why you shouldn't get the kind with sugar in it. that's just like telling someone don't eat pork but don't tell them why. because when you understand why u shouldn't do something is better

  • Reply Benju gurung September 26, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    can I use light cranberry juice since it contains no sugar?

  • Reply Thuga Thug September 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Is ever fresh cranberry juice good for me ?

  • Reply Sarah mae Vasquez October 13, 2016 at 6:27 am

    hello Dr. Axe i bought a cranberry juice because i found out i have 1.16 kidney stone. i have read an article that it's not good when you already have stone when you drink it cause its high oxalate and it's just good for prevention. now im hesistant to drink it. any advice please.. thank you 🙂

  • Reply Peshkatar Shqiptar November 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    hi dr josh. I boil fresh cranberries and drink the juice, is that a good way to use cranberries? thanks!

  • Reply l3mmonc3llo November 25, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Can I still drink my Kirkland cranberry juice which I opened for few days but I didn't put them in the refrigerator so there was some white spots inside?

  • Reply Brian Roiger November 28, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Is cranberry juice still good for you if you mix it with vodka??

  • Reply Wetdookie December 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I'm trying to pass my drug test by drinking cranberry

  • Reply Christopher December 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Is ocean spray good?

  • Reply Dasha Walton December 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    if u have cloudy urine In buring well peeding ? is that a UTI

  • Reply Verty January 18, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Telling people to stay away from the kind with sugar is retarded.
    Pure cranberry juice strips away your tooth enamel, is expensive as hell, and tastes horrible.
    But OOOOOH NO the other kinds have SUGAR!

  • Reply Dale C February 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    what about cranberry supplements?

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  • Reply Lady Cañada March 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    hi doc its ok to drink cranberry medication hiblood sugar?

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  • Reply Memo Lie May 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    what about cranberry pills

  • Reply Water May 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    But I love cranberry juice……..

  • Reply gunterx voices May 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I drank four servings of the juice at once, can something bad happen as a result

  • Reply Jefferson Ochoa June 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    does cranberry really work on Stomach???

  • Reply darwin graham June 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    how about cran water? can I sub water with cran water??

  • Reply Just1Spark June 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Ive heard that the cranberry industry has lobbied to allow the addition of sugar to their juice, while not listing the added sugar on the label. Is this true?

  • Reply Sara BunnY M.D. July 13, 2017 at 4:03 am

    give me the best remedy for treating UTI naturally.

  • Reply Robert Sterling July 27, 2017 at 10:43 am

    put it into a blender and then through a siv, for those who don't have a juicer

  • Reply Ivan Rojas August 3, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Can you drink cranberry as much as you drink water or is there a maximum of cranberry juice you should be drinking?.

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  • Reply knightfall209 August 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

    What is a healthy brand to buy with low sodium?

  • Reply Cranberry Juice August 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    You bet it is

  • Reply Kevin Dagostino August 25, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Is cranberry raspberry juice good for you?

  • Reply D. Victor Pellegrino August 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Great video Dr. Two questions, how much? how often? Thanks

  • Reply Brian Ruesch September 3, 2017 at 12:37 am

    If you are interested in bulk organic, check out
    Take a half cup of frozen berries with water in a blender once daily. Frozen berries are good for a year.

  • Reply sküll düggery September 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    what about made from concentrate? you know, like you'd pick up at the market in half gallon bottles?

  • Reply renewer October 22, 2017 at 3:43 am

    There's soooooo much sugar in fruit juice.

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  • Reply Priyanka Chattopadhyay November 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Extremely helpful video

  • Reply Ben Sim December 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Theres no such thing as 100% cranberry in australia only in health stores and its like $20 a liter

  • Reply MR JOHN January 2, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I always drink ocean spray cranberry

    Also for some reason I like it like this
    Add half cranberry
    Then half of water
    Add some ice
    And there’s my cranberry

  • Reply Triggered January 19, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I drink a glass everyday

  • Reply thelma figueroa February 5, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    cranberry juice has a lot of sugar. What about diet cranberry juice?

  • Reply lesly Dutch February 6, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Can you drink cranberry juice while you're pregnant?

  • Reply Sam Holden February 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Is it safe to drink cranberry juice for a week?

  • Reply flowerylisi _ February 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Is this the same for cranberry wine?

  • Reply Oreo Akalaperoji March 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    "if you tend to be a dramatic person" it will help you lol

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  • Reply Aruba Shahid March 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Is it tasty.

  • Reply Tony Ramirez March 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    What bout cranberry and tequila

  • Reply Mrs HorrorQueen March 30, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I ha e UTI right now and what I do is I take Cranberry pills and cranberry juice and lots of water and a week or two will be back to normal

  • Reply nita davis April 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    What about great value cranberry juice

  • Reply Ruth Yoerg April 21, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Is cranberry juice good if I sweeten it with Apple's and make cranberry apple juice instead added sugar?

  • Reply Kids Classic Comedy April 23, 2018 at 2:03 am

    What about old orchad

  • Reply svikenz June 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Well. You are right, but when i had UTI i had so much pain i could barely live. sweating of pain and couldnt think. how can i hold out 3 days of it ?

  • Reply daniel smith June 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Can you use the tablets

  • Reply S. A. khan July 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Best information.

  • Reply vacationboyvideos September 29, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Stop the ocean spray BULLSHIT! Buy whole! Stick in Vitamix with water! Make your own!

  • Reply yoko yoko October 29, 2018 at 6:16 am

    So which is the best commercial cranberry juice? Thanks in advance

  • Reply Ezel Grier December 11, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Ocean spray is the same thing young lady…

  • Reply mystery mane December 13, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Great video Doc, love when Doctors 🥼 pushes natural alternatives,,,

  • Reply Adrenaline Junkie January 30, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    How much can one drink? I make the juice myself by boiling and then juicing them. Its sour but I add half cup and dilute it with tap water, is it safe?

  • Reply Ryan A February 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    What are your thoughts on cranberry juice + pomegranate juice? It’s already mixed together

  • Reply Mallie Johnson February 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Dr. Axe.

  • Reply Korrina Osborn March 7, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I drink cranberry and cherry cocktail juice and it really helped my bladder

  • Reply chu March 16, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Thanks. I’m gonna make Cranberry juice by myself, for my mom. 😊

  • Reply Red Gecko March 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    You should really stay away from sprite cranberry

  • Reply Follow justcallme_dell March 30, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    “If you’re a dramatic type of person” me: drinks a whole bottle of cranberry.

  • Reply Pygmy Wakanda April 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    It's hard to find in india

  • Reply Barbara Boronda April 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    it usually takes me a week of drinking cranberry to get all cleaned out and feeling better when my kidneys are bugging me and when i am hurting

  • Reply MB Legend April 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    You can also take cranberry capsules.

  • Reply DIY CRYSTAL April 29, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I drink my cranberry pills because I don’t like the Juice 😁😁

  • Reply Mark Gonzales May 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Great video buddy a lot of information you answered every single question for me

  • Reply NEMESIS713 August 15, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Drink rw knudsen pure cranberry juice. No added sugar. Sour af. I got used to it

  • Reply Lord Tony August 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I ate a bag of dried cranberries and now I feel sick

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