How does D-Mannose work?
Posted on June 17 2019
If you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll know that calling it ‘uncomfortable’ is an understatement. Most women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, with E. coli type bacteria causing an estimated 80-90 percent of UTIs.1 These pesky bacteria attach to the walls of the urinary tract and bladder, making them difficult to wash away.2 Thankfully, there’s a natural way to help maintain your bladder health.
D-mannose is a raw sugar, closely related to glucose. These sugars are both simple sugars that occur naturally in your body and are also found in some plants, including cranberries. Unlike glucose, D-mannose passes directly into the bloodstream largely unchanged.3 It’s not readily metabolized, so doesn’t directly affect the body's blood sugar levels. From the bloodstream, it then passes through the kidneys and flows through the bladder and urinary tract, coating and flushing out E. coli bacteria that might be lurking there.4
D-mannose doesn’t stay in your body for long periods of time, so it doesn’t act as fuel for your body like glucose. It’s filtered out of the body by the kidneys, unlike the glucose in food, which is stored in the liver. This means that it may positively benefit the bladder and urinary tract without adversely affecting other areas of the body.
If you struggle with your bladder health, you might want to consider D-mannose as a supplement. D-Mannose comes in tablet and powder form. The form you choose mainly depends on your preference. You might prefer a powder if you don’t like to swallow tablets whole.
Our pure powder is free from fillers and flow agents and is an economical way to purchase pure D-Mannose. It has a slightly mild sweet taste that can be easily mixed with water or juice. We make this easier by including a free measuring scoop inside every pouch of powder. We recommend taking 1 gram of D-Mannose in the morning, and another in the evening for a standard maintenance dose. This is equivalent to 2 scoops of powder, or 1 tablet, twice a day. If you’re urgently needing relief, we recommend taking 2 grams of D-Mannose every 3 - 4 hours (4 scoops or 2 tablets.)
1 Al-Badr, A., & Al-Shaikh, G. (2013). Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Management in Women: A review. Sultan Qaboos University medical journal, 13(3), 359–367.
2 Edén CS, Hagberg L, Hanson LA, Korhonen T, Leffler H, Olling S. (1981). Adhesion of Escherichia coli in urinary tract infection. Ciba Found Symp. 80:161-87
3 Barber, B. (2016). Pick Your Way to Better Health. Lulu.com, 102.
4 Wellens, A., Garofalo, C., Nguyen, H., Van Gerven, N., Slättegård, R., Hernalsteens, J. P., … Bouckaert, J. (2008). Intervening with urinary tract infections using anti-adhesives based on the crystal structure of the FimH-oligomannose-3 complex. PloS one, 3(4), e2040.