D-Mannose information

Our food supplement D-Mannose supports bladder health and the natural healing process of the body.

Inspired by Jane’s Story

I have always had a keen interest in health and natural healing, qualifying first as an aromatherapist, and then as an acupuncturist.

After a period of ill health, I suffered constant kidney and bladder infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs). Regular visits to my GP and specialists only resulted in the prescription of stronger and stronger doses of antibiotics, which ultimately led to unpleasant side effects.

I discovered d-mannose, a glyco-nutrient (a sugar related to glucose, normal table sugar). Small amounts of d-mannose are present in cranberries, other fruits, and shrubs.

What is D-Mannose?

D-mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar, closely related to glucose. It is found in cranberries, peaches, apples, other berries, and some plants.  It is produced from mannitol, which is produced from fructose, starch or sucrose from fruit.  It is not metabolised by humans and hence, on ingestion, passes through the digestive tract to the kidneys and urine for excretion. D-Mannose has great capacity to bind to pathogens, particularly E.coli which commonly cause UTI’s.  The E Coli likes the D-Mannose and is prevented from adhesion to the walls of the bladder and UTI tract.

It can be purchased in a supplement form, either as a powder or in capsules.

How does D-Mannose work?

Over 90% of UTIs are caused by E. coli bacteria, which are found in normal gut flora in the intestinal tract, but do not belong in the bladder or urinary tract.

This is not the same strain of E. coli that can end up on our dinner plate from unsanitary food processing.

A lingering or underlying E-coli infection is said to be one possible contributing factor in the development of cystitis and interstitial cystitis.

The standard UTI tests can miss these low-grade infections, which may help explain why some women and men feel as if they still have a bladder infection even after a round of standard antibiotics and subsequent negative UTI results from their doctor.

Unfortunately for us, bacteria are smart and efficient.

The cell walls of E. coli are covered with tiny, sticky fingerlike projections (consisting of an amino acid-sugar complex, also known as a “glycoprotein” or “lectin”), that allow them to take hold of the inside of the bladder wall and urinary tract. When this happens, the bacteria is difficult to flush out via the urine.

Enter D-Mannose.

D-mannose can stick to the E. coli lectins to a greater degree than the E. coli can stick to our human cells. Although D-mannose is a simple sugar, most of it is not metabolised and when a large quantity of D-mannose is ingested, almost all of it spills into the urine via our kidneys and coats the E. coli so it can no longer adhere to the inside walls of the bladder and urinary tract. At this point, they can be rinsed away through urination.

How to add D-Mannose to your diet

Whilst cranberry juice (naturally contains D-Mannose),  the acidity and sugar make it counter-productive.

You can take d-mannose, either as a powder or in capsules.  You can take the powder with warm water, tea or milk.  It just has a mild, sweet taste.

Make sure that you purchase a product that is pure D-mannose.