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In both the male and female urinary systems, urine drains from the kidneys through the ureters into the bladder and then passes
from the bladder down the urethra and to the external opening, the urinary meatus, to exit the body. In men, the urethra is about 8
inches (20 cm) long. In women, it is only about 1.5 inches (4 cm) long.
The structure of the female anatomy predisposes women to infection because the urethral opening is located very close to the
anus, which is a common source of bacteria.
Therefore, bacteria can easily migrate across the perineum (the narrow band of flesh between the anus and the vagina) to the
urethra. The structure of their physical anatomy makes infection less likely in men. The male urethra is much longer, and
secretions from the prostate gland provide a better barrier.
There are, however, certain steps that women can take that will maintain the health of the urinary tract:
n Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods, which may further irritate the bladder.
n Drink eight to ten glasses of water or other fluids per day to dilute the bacteria in your urine.
n Eat plain yogurt.
n Wash before and after sex; ask your partner to do the same.
n Take showers instead of baths.
n Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes.
n If using a diaphragm, wash, rinse, and carefully dry after each use. After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back.
n Take a standardized cranberry extract every day to promote normal urinary tract health.
Cranberries have been known for decades to promote a healthy urinary tract. Clinical research demonstrates that cranberries’
proanthocyanidins are powerful antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress.55 A double-blind comparison study confirms that
Cran-Max® helps supports a healthy urinary tract.56 Each Life Extension® Cran-Max® capsule contains 500 mg of cranberry
concentrate to promote urinary tract health.57-68
Each Cran-Max® capsule also contains:
n The synergistic, complete spectrum activity of the entire cranberry plant
n A unique delivery system that protects its cranberry constituents from degradation
Cran-Max® contains concentrated cranberry made from the complete cranberry using a unique, patent-pending process. No sugar
is added. Each capsule of Cran-Max® contains powerful polyphenols, organic acids, and antioxidants, providing the same benefits
as drinking cranberry juice cocktail, but without the calories. An advantage of Life Extension’s Cran-Max® is that it only requires
once a day dosing!
Cran-Max® is a registered trademark of BDM Biotechnologies, LLC.
Serving Size 1 vegetarian capsule
Servings Per Container 60
Amount Per Serving
Cranberry infused whole fruit 500 mg
Other ingredients: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (vegetarian capsule), guar gum, sunflower lecithin.
This product contains NO milk, egg, fish, peanuts, crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp), soybeans, tree nuts, wheat,
yeast, gluten, corn, or rice. Contains NO sugar, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Dosage and Use
Take one capsule daily with or without food, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.