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Most Used Natural Products

0.8% of U.S. adults (1.9 million) used
cranberry (pills or capsules)

The percentage of adults using cranberry pills or capsules changed little; about 374,000 more adults used cranberry pills or capsules in 2012 than in 2007.

Cranberry is an evergreen shrub; its berries are used in beverages, food, and dietary supplements.  Whether cranberry helps to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), one of its most common uses, is unclear. It may benefit just certain groups, including women with recurrent UTIs. Large doses of cranberry may alter levels of warfarin, an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Anyone with symptoms of a UTI should see a health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.

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Adults

4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)

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Most Used Natural Products

0.1% of U.S. children (31,000) used
cranberry (pills or capsules)

About the same percentage of children used cranberry pills or capsules in 2012 as in 2007.

Cranberry is an evergreen shrub; its berries are used in beverages, food, and dietary supplements. Whether cranberry helps to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), one of its common uses, is unclear, but it may help with UTIs in certain groups, including children. Children with symptoms of a UTI should see a health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.

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Children

5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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