Treatment Option 2: D-Mannose
Doctor Jonathan Wright, Medical Director of The Tahoma Clinic, a graduate of Harvard University and University of Michigan, has been using D-mannose to treat patients with urinary tract infections since for over 30 years. He says “Since the 1980s D-mannose has eliminated UTIs in 85-90 percent of all of those I’ve recommended it to.”
D-Mannose is a rare sugar, a close relative of glucose. It is a natural supplement extracted from fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and oranges and converted into a white powder form. It is most effective against the E Coli bacteria which represents 80%-90% of all UTI’s.
The E Coli bacteria attach to the cells lining the bladder using “fimbriae” or hairy, finger-like projections. On the tip of these projections is a glycoprotein called a “lectin” that is programmed to bind to the first mannose sugar molecule it finds. Because mannose is naturally present on the surface of the bladder lining, these bacterial fimbriae are able cling to the lining with a tight grip, prolonging the UTI symptoms.
When D-Mannose powder is consumed with water, its sugar molecules cause the bacteria which are attached to the bladder lining to let go, to bind themselves to the molecules and to be flushed out with the urine.
D-Mannose not only eliminates the “floaters”, but also deals with the “nesters”.
A recent article in the Antibiotics Journal in 2021 entitled Role of D-Mannose in the Prevention of Recurrent Uncomplicated Cystitis: State of the Art and Future Perspectives supports the efficacy of D-Mannose with the following statement: “Our findings support and confirm that D-mannose reduces the incidence of rUTIs (recurrent UTIs) and determines a longer interval between UTI episodes, with a significant improvement in patients‘ quality of life, and therefore, its administration could be considered as one of the possible strategies to be used or to be investigated for the prevention of recurrent UTI in women.”