D-Mannose is a type of sugar that is related to glucose, but it does not behave like sugar in the body. It is used to help prevent urinary tract infections because it inhibits bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. If bacteria can’t latch onto your bladder, it’s less likely to cause an infection.
Although small amounts of D-Mannose are metabolized by the human body much of it is rapidly excreted in the urine. In the bladder D-Mannose can adhere to undesirable foreign substances preventing them from sticking to the lining of the bladder. Because insubstantial amounts of D-Mannose are used by the body it does not interfere with blood sugar regulation.
Some people are prone to getting repeated bladder infections; D-mannose can greatly improve quality of life and reduce reliance on antibiotics. Although antibiotics are sometimes necessary, they can have very detrimental effects on your immune system. Preventing an infection in the first place is a much healthier option.
The most common symptoms of a UTI are urinary frequency, urgency and burning pain on urination. Interestingly, the symptoms of a UTI in men are usually a lot milder, and in fact sometimes men can experience no symptoms at all, so they’re unaware of the infection. UTIs in men can inflame the prostate gland and cause chronic prostate problems.
Menopausal women are at high risk of getting a UTI because the loss of estrogen causes thinning of the tissue of the bladder and urethra. A thinner lining is more prone to infection with bacteria.
D-mannose is a natural molecule that is found in cranberries, apples and some other fruits. It is the active ingredient in cranberries, minus the sugar that usually accompanies cranberry products like juice. If you have a bladder infection, sugar is the last thing you should consume because it can encourage the growth of harmful bugs and fuel an infection.
How to take D-mannose
D-mannose is best taken on an empty stomach. Take 1 or 2 tsp in water daily, to help prevent urinary tract infections. D-mannose is safe for long term use.
If you have the symptoms of a urinary tract infection for more than 2 days please see your doctor.