Cranberry capsules may ease the discomfort of cystitis in men undergoing external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer. That’s what New Zealand researchers said of their study of 41 men with the disease.cranberries

Men in the study randomly received either cranberry or placebo  capsules. The men took one capsule daily during treatment, and for two weeks after radiation treatment was completed. A placebo is an inactive pill designed to look like a medication.

Men receiving cranberry capsules had a significantly lower incidence of pain and burning with voiding. Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder Radiation cystitis occurs with radiation therapy in the pelvic region and causes inflammation in bladder tissue.