D-Mannose & Cranberry May Help Avoid UTIs
Many women are now turning to natural treatment options and prevention methods like D-Mannose and Cranberry supplements. In this article, you can learn more about these important ingredients.
Fast results with D-mannose
D-mannose is a kind of naturally-occurring simple sugar related to glucose. As reference, glucose is a simple sugar found in many carbohydrates like bread, rice, fruit, sugar, and milk. D-mannose and glucose have the same molecular formula of C6H12O6. D-mannose is found most prominently in cranberries, apples, mangos, oranges, peaches, aloe vera, and even seaweed.
One of the most popular studies on D-mannose was published in 2016 in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences. This pilot study came out of the Department of Gynecological Obstetrics and Urologic Sciences at University Sapienza of Rome. (https://www.europeanreview.org/article/11121)
This pilot study administered a D-mannose compound twice daily for 3 days and then once a day for 10 days. The researchers monitored patient symptoms, and over the next 6 months, a random set of patients continued to receive prophylaxis, or action is taken to prevent UTIs. After completing the 13-day D-mannose treatment, patients saw a significant improvement in the majority of symptoms! The study reports, “D-mannose seemed to have had fast and significant positive effect on UTIs’ resolution and quality of life improvement.
Cranberry is an enhancer of antibiotic efficacy in cystitis
Cranberries have been linked to preventing UTIs. Cranberries are filled with an antioxidant called proanthocyanidins (PAC). PACs reduce the ability for bacteria to stick to the wall of a urinary tract and thus reduce chances of developing UTIs. Thus, if you are sensitive to UTIs, adding cranberry to your diet could be beneficial.
According to Dr. Plácido Llaneza, gynecologist and president of the Spanish Association for the Study of Menopause (AEEM), combining the antibiotic treatment of urinary infections with dietary preparations of cranberry “increases the effectiveness of the antibiotic.” This is because the cranberry is rich in proanthocyanidins (PAC), polysaccharides that minimize and inhibit the activity of the bacterium Escherichia Coli (E. coli) in the bladder and urinary tract, responsible for most of the recurrent urinary infections, such as cystitis.
D-mannose and Cranberry are often very effective as preventive treatment. D-mannose binds to E. Coli / P-type, cleaning the bladder and urethra walls of bacteria. Cranberry contains tannins that prevent E. coli bacteria from adhering to the bladder, preventing UTIs. The two have different mechanisms of action but act synergistically increasing the effectiveness and speed of results in UTIs