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 keep the urinary tract free from irritants. It inhibits bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.
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 particularly in elderly or people with spinal nerve injuries.
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.
How to take D-mannose
D-mannose is best taken on an empty stomach. Take 1 or 2 tsp in water daily, to help keep the urinary system healthy. D-mannose is safe for long term use.