D-mannose is a type of sugar which is related to the more familiar glucose and is naturally found in fruits like cranberries, blueberries, peaches, oranges and apples. D-mannose has an important role to play in maintaining urinary tract health in our body without using antibiotics. It also has another use where it can be utilised to help treat an inherited metabolic disorder called the carbohydrate deficient glycoprotein syndrome.
To understand more about how this substance works, we need to explore the reason why urinary tract infections occur. Our gut is colonised by bacteria called commensals. One of these commensals is E. Coli which causes around ninety percent of all urinary tract infection. This infection occurs when the bacteria leave the gut and ascend the urethra and bladder. They multiply there and lead to symptoms of a urine infection. These symptoms include and increase frequency of urination, painful or burning urination, an unpleasant odour in the urine, cloudy urine and lower abdominal pain that comes and goes.
The common prescription which is used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI’s) is antibiotics. But antibiotics have many harmful side effects like killing the “good” bacteria in the gut or overgrowth of yeast or candida infections in the urinary tract. This is where D-Mannose can be useful. It works by preventing bacteria like E. Coli from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection. It does not directly kill any form of bacteria whether they are “good” or bad”. This bacterium is attracted to this sugar and once you take D-Mannose, it clings to the walls of the bladder and soaks up all the bacteria. The next time you urinate, the bacteria and the supplement are flushed out of the body. The curative effects are usually very rapid and often noticed within 24 hours. Consult a physician if no change is observed after 72 hours.
D-mannose can be used as a preventive measure too. There are certain women who have a natural tendency to have an increased frequency of urinary tract infection. They may benefit from D-Mannose supplements. Honeymoon cystitis is a urinary tract infection that develops after sexual intercourse. This supplement may be used before the act of sexual intercourse to prevent an infection. This sugar also has a special use in treating a rare inherited condition. This is a disorder called carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome type 1b. In this condition, the sugar can help supplement the deficiency in the body and prevent the symptoms of this disease. According to some other reports, using these sugar supplements may also help improve protein loss, liver function, low blood sugar and blood clotting disorders which may occur as symptoms of this inherited disorder. D-Mannose can be safely used without the risk of serious side effects even by pregnant or nursing mothers. UTI’s can be a menace during pregnancy and can risk the health of the baby too.
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