Everyone knows about cranberry juice for Urinary tracy infections (UTI’s), but I have always had a problem with recommending it because the juice has too much sugar. Now the active ingredient in cranberries, mannose, comes as a supplement. It is still relatively unknown as a supplement, (especially in the conventional medical community), and I have found it to be extremely effective for many UTI’s. It is called D Mannose and there have been many research reports over the years demonstrating it’s safety and effectiveness against E. coli, the commonest bacteria causing UTI’s. It is 10-50 times stronger than cranberry juice and works usually within 24-48 hours. Unfortunately the large drug companies have no incentive to spend the millions of dollars it would take to do the large-scale controlled study which would be required for FDA approval, because it cannot be patented.
D-mannose does not kill the E Coli, rather it prevents it from sticking to the bladder wall and it dislodges bacteria that are already attached. The bacteria attach to the D-mannose molecules, and are flushed out with the normal urine flow.
Recommended dosage for infection:
The recommended dosage for an ongoing infection is one teaspoon of D-mannose dissolved in liquid every few hours, continued for three days. Most women with E Coli infections respond within 24 hours. If no change is noticed within 72 hours, you should consult your Physician. (as it may be that the infection is caused by a bacteria other than E. coli).
For those women who suffer from “honeymoon cystitis” (bladder infections linked to sexual intercourse), one teaspoon of D-mannose an hour before intercourse, and another immediately after, can help prevent infection.
And for those who suffer from recurring infections. The maintenance dose varies per person, but a good starting point is one teaspoon per day mixed with liquid.
Safe for diabetics, pregnant women and young children.:
As opposed to antibiotics, D-Mannose does not kill the good bacteria in your gut or, so it won’t make you more prone to a yeast infection. Even though it is a natural sugar, it does not affect sugar regulation as it is not metabolized and goes to the kidneys and then bladder, where it works. It is safe for diabetics, pregnant women and young children.