D-Mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar found in your body that is closely related to glucose. Your body absorbs D-Mannose much slower than glucose, and it is not converted into glycogen or stored in your liver. D-Mannose doesn’t impair your body’s blood sugar regulation because only very small amounts of it are metabolized.
Because D-Mannose is similar to glucose, it does not produce the harmful metabolic effects associated with fructose.
D-Mannose can be found in apples, berries, birch trees, and peaches. This little-known sugar has been largely ignored by the medical community until recently, when researchers discovered its ability to support your urinary tract health.
The Benefits of D-Mannose
Dr. Joseph Mercola believes that D-Mannose is the best nutrient to support your urinary tract health.
When you consume cranberry juice, the D-Mannose it contains is filtered through your kidneys, routed to your bladder, and quickly excreted in your urine. D-Mannose renders the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTI) unable to stay in your urinary tract. (Link)
About 50 percent of women experience urinary tract infections over the course of their lifetime. They are more prone to UTI than men because they have shorter urethras. Men also have a built-in bacterial growth inhibitor, which is injected directly into their urinary system by their prostate gland.
More than 90 percent of all UTIs are caused by the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, which normally resides in your intestinal tract. This is not to be confused with the mutant E. coli variety associated with food poisoning caused by unsanitary food processing plants.
D-Mannose helps promote the healthy balance of bacteria in your gut because it does not kill bacteria, unlike antibiotics–the traditional treatment recommended by doctors for UTIs. Women can develop secondary yeast infections and digestive problems by using antibiotics, which kill the beneficial bacteria along with E-coli and the other harmful bacteria.
Natural Ways of Supporting Your Urinary Tract
If you’re suffering from UTI, Dr. Mercola recommends a D-Mannose supplement instead of cranberry juice. Pure D-Mannose is 10 to 50 times stronger than cranberry, non-toxic, and has no known side effects.
While a number of studies show that cranberry juice can help support a healthy urinary tract, they fail to mention that it is high in fructose, a simple sugar that has been associated with many health problems.
With a D-Mannose supplement, you don’t need to trade good urinary health for blood sugar instability, stress on your liver, and increased uric acid levels that can cause hypertension, Dr. Mercola points out.
Here are other simple tips to promote healthy urinary function:
- Avoid using feminine sprays, which may irritate the urethra
- Cleanse your genitals prior to sexual activity
- Consume foods that contain probiotics
- Don’t resist the urge to urinate
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water
- Use a bidet or white unscented toilet paper
- Take a shower instead of using a hot tub or Jacuzzi
- Wipe from the front to back to prevent the entry of bacteria