Reasons why people take D-Mannose
D-Mannose is a type of simple sugar. It occurs naturally in a variety of fruits and vegetables; more notably the cranberry, but is also present in others such as blueberries, peaches, apples, pears and oranges.
There is increasing amounts of research into the uses of D-Mannose. The main focus of these studies are on the potential as a treatment for UTIs (urinary tract infections). Traditionally people have often been told to drink cranberry juice when symptoms of UTIs begin. The high D-Mannose content in cranberries is most likely the beneficial reason for this.
UTIs occur when bacteria infects the urinary tract, this includes the kidneys, bladder and urethra. The most common UTI affects a person’s bladder and is called Cystitis. Studies suggest that D-Mannose can hinder and prevent the bacteria from adhering to the bladder lining.
UTIs can cause symptoms including the frequent urge to urinate, pain whilst urinating, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, and particularly in older people it can cause tiredness, shakiness and confusion. It is common for UTIs to be recurrent, particularly in women, and this can have a considerable impact on quality of life. Growing research suggests that D-Mannose has the potential to prevent their recurrence, as well as in treating active UTIs.
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar molecule, a monosaccharide that is closely related to glucose, however it not metabolised or transformed into glycogen to be stored for energy. This means it passes through the body relatively quickly to be filtered out of the body by the kidneys and excreted in the urine. D-Mannose inhibits the adhesion of bacteria to the urothelium (bladder lining), as bacteria binds free D-Mannose molecules in the urine. This means bacteria is then trapped in the urinary flow, and consequently eliminated by the urinary tract. Increasing the clearance of bacteria in the urine can reduce the risk of infection.
D-Mannose is typically used by people who suffer from frequent UTIs for their prevention, as well as by people for treating an active UTI.
A natural form of bladder support D-Mannose can come in many supplement forms such as powder and capsules. At Hellenia we manufacture D-Mannose in a capsule form that are convenient. Take 1 – 3 capsules per day. Each capsule contains 500mg and is an easy way to add D-Mannose into your daily diet. As with any new supplement it is advisable to consult with a doctor if you have any existing medical conditions or are on any prescribed medication before adding it to your diet.
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