D-Mannose: The Antibiotic Alternative For Chronic UTIs
Getting a urinary tract infection may be a painful and dreaded experience, but it is also pretty common. It is estimated that there are over 8 million doctor’s visits in America each year due to UTIs. And around half of women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime.
For many, this boils down to quick trip to the doctor, one round of antibiotics, a few pain relievers, and some down time – within a few days they are on the mend and back to normal.
But then there is a smaller portion of the population that cannot knock these infections. They get one after another after another. These chronic UTI sufferers are frequently put on continual antibiotics from their doctor – often for months at a time.
Beyond unpleasant side effects, taking too many antibiotics can also lead to a real and serious antibiotic resistance problem. Which means the antibiotics are less effective in treating UTIs… as well as other harmful infections.
Could there actually be a viable alternative for those dealing with frequent or chronic urinary tract infections? One with little to no side effects and zero antibiotic resistance?
Actually – there is. Let me introduce you to D-mannose.
What Is D-Mannose?
D-mannose is a type of sugar. It’s in the glucose family. You can find it naturally in all sorts of berries, green beans, eggplant, aloe vera, cabbage, turnips, and more. You can also find it in a pure supplement form.
Along with being antibacterial and antiviral in nature, D-mannose is used to treat a variety of different health problems.
This includes preventing and treating digestive problems.
But its most noticeable contribution to protecting your body? Urinary tract infections.
How Does D-Mannose Prevent UTIs?
To understand why D-mannose is a powerhouse UTI preventer, first we need to understand that E. coli is the #1 culprit of the painful infection. (There are other bacteria to blame at times, but E. coli is the main offender.)
E. coli reaches your bladder in various ways and then “sticks” to the bladder walls. The E. coli may stay there, or they may move up to your kidneys. Unfortunately, urine is not capable of rinsing out all of this “stuck” E. coli. So there it stays and causes an infection.
But D-mannose changes the story.
You see, D-mannose is “stickier” than E. coli. It holds on to the bad bacteria. When you urinate away the D-mannose, you also urinate away the E. coli it is attached to. Essentially, D-mannose grabs on to bacteria, so the bacteria does not grab on to you.
This makes perfect sense when you consider researchers found when a person’s D-mannose levels decreased, something else happened at the same time: E. coli increased.
On top of all of this “sticking,” some think D-mannose also combats UTIs through the Tamm-Horsfall protein. This substance is a major factor in keeping you UTI-free. D-Mannose has been shown to promote the “activation of Tamm-Horsfall protein.”
Does Science Support These Claims?
I am sure you are wondering if the idea is too good to be true, but real studies have backed it all up. Let’s look to the science behind D-Mannose in treating recurrent urinary tract infections – specifically one study released in 2014.
Here is how it went:
308 women with histories of suffering from recurrent urinary tract infections were split up in to three groups.
- Group #1 (103 women) received 2 grams D-mannose powder every day in their water
- Group #1 (103 women) received 50 milligrams of Nitrofuratoin (antibiotics) every day
- Group #3 (102 women) did not receive any treatment
In all three groups, 98 patients (over 31%) ended up with another UTI: 15 from Group #1 who took the D-mannose, 21 from Group #2 who took the antibiotics, and 62 from Group #3 who received no treatment.
These study results tell us two important things:
- If you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections, you should take a proactive step in treating them (shown by the high number of recurrent infections by the group that received no treatment)
- D-mannose can have equal or better results than antibiotics for the prevention of recurrent UTIs
On top of the fabulous results from taking the D-mannose, Group #1 had “significantly lower risk of side effects” than the antibiotic group. Though the antibiotic side effects were mild and nobody had to stop the study due to adverse effects, avoiding side effects altogether is always a good idea.
D-mannose can have equal or better results than antibiotics for the prevention of recurrent UTIs.
But Should You Only Drink Cranberry Juice?
People have probably been recommending D-mannose for UTI prevention to you for years – you simply didn’t realize it. Drinking cranberry juice has been the go-to “home remedy” for UTIs for years.
Why? One of the reasons is that cranberries have D-mannose (they also have some other helpful nutrients too!)
So can you just chug the juice and forget about the supplement? Not necessarily. In and of itself, cranberry juice is not your ideal treatment.
Cranberry juice has very little D-mannose. By the time you have consumed any real amount worth noting, you have also consumed countless sugar grams and way too many calories. And when you are dealing with UTIs, you do not need that much fruit juice sugar!
It is an easy fix: go straight for the D-mannose supplement.
D-Mannose And Your Urinary Health
If you are tired of having one UTI after another… and if you want to get off the antibiotics that are killing just as much good bacteria as they are bad bacteria… you really cannot go wrong with trying a D-mannose supplement for a few months.
You have nothing to lose.
Pure D-mannose is non-toxic and considered safe. The only potential noted side effect is “loose stools and bloating.” (Note that there is simply not much research with D-mannose and pregnancy, so talk to your doctor before starting a supplement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
This could be your way to break free from chronic urinary tract infections – naturally, safely, and comfortably.