Product Review: AZO Cranberry Tablets
Has the cranberry become the new cure all? It may seem that way when the introduction of another product is added to the list of its therapeutic treatments. AZO Cranberry Tablets are now being touted as an all-natural yet powerful form of the fruit and primarily used to promote optimum bladder health. However, like any dietary supplement, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider before using them. AZO Cranberry tablets are no exception. This small, odorless and taste-free pill is often recommended for daily use as a preventative measure to harmful infections, but not without a few drawbacks.
Some quick facts:
Primary ingredient: 450 mg. natural cranberry powder
Gluten free nutritional supplement
50 tablets per bottle
Recommended adult dosage: 2 to 6 tablets per day
Caution: Contains lactose
Manufactures Suggested Price: $6.99/bottle
Since each tablet contains only a trace amount of sugar, no caffeine and a meager 1 calories per pill, it stacks up pretty when compared to an 8-ounce glass of cranberry juice. The popular but tart breakfast staple can contain as much as 136 calories and as many as 30 grams of sugar.
On the other hand, if you've ever experienced a painful urinary tract or bladder infection, you may be uncomfortable enough to head to the nearest pharmacy. AZO Cranberry Tablets can help provide relief in treating bladder and urinary tract infections. How? Because the cranberry contains properties that have been proven to "unstick" harmful bacteria from the urinary tract and bladder walls.
If you're in need of more evidence then look no further than the testimony of over 80,000 pharmacists. According to the last issue of the Pharmacists' Times 12th Annual Survey newsletter and press release, they selected AZO Cranberry Tablets over their competition by a margin of over 5 to 1. The product received an impressive reviewer rating of four out of five stars on Amazon.com.
Could this super-dose of the fruit be too much of a good thing? Possibly. It is rumored that there's a connection between the tablets and kidney stones, however, that story is being spread widely yet remains unconfirmed. I couldn't find one source to give any credibility to it. Another rumor suggested the pill may contain harmful dyes. Again, this accusation could not be confirmed.
The verdict? Carefully weigh the pros and cons as you would with any over-the-counter product. Personally though, if I were faced with the prospect of a bladder problem, I would take these cranberry tablets without hesitation. They have the endorsement of many trusted pharmacists and they're reasonably priced.
Of course, the usual FDA precautions should be followed: AZO Cranberry tablets, like any dietary supplement, are not regulated by the FDA for effectiveness or safety. And as with any supplement, you should consult your doctor before beginning this product.
Press Release: Middleberg Communications, July 2007