The Health Benefits of D-Mannose*
You’ve probably heard about the link between cranberries or cranberry juice and urinary tract health. But have you ever wondered what it is about cranberries that make them so potentially valuable?
The substance behind cranberries’ claim to fame for urinary tract health is a sugar called D-mannose. The active ingredient in cranberries, D-mannose is also naturally found in fruits like apples, blueberries, peaches, oranges, and pineapple. Although it may be in the same family as other sugars such as fructose, glucose, lactose, and sucrose, D-mannose acts much differently in your body.
D-mannose is what’s known as a glyconutrient, making it a health-promoting sugar. A key part of a molecule called glycoconjugates, they play an important role in cellular communication. Glycoconjugates help your cells interact with each other by coating their surfaces with a sugar-like coating.
Sugars Aren’t Created Equally: Why D-Mannose May Actually Promote Health*
Unlike sucrose and fructose, D-mannose doesn’t interfere with the regulation of your blood sugar or metabolism because only very small amounts are metabolized. D-mannose acts more like glucose, a sugar that all your cells are designed to use. While D-mannose is absorbed much more slowly than glucose, it doesn’t serve as an energy reserve for your body’s functions like glucose. D-mannose isn’t burned for fuel or energy.
Because of its unique metabolism, D-mannose doesn’t break down before it is excreted in your urine. Nor does it remain in your body for extended periods like glucose. Most of the D-mannose you ingest is filtered through your kidneys and routed to your bladder for fast excretion. These factors help explain why this sugar can complete its tasks without altering any of the normal functioning of your body’s systems.
So what does D-mannose do while it’s in your body? Thanks to its uncommon chemical structure, it’s thought to attract and dispose of certain types of pathogenic bacteria in your body, including those imbedded in the lining of your urinary tract.*
The Health Benefits of D-Mannose*
One of the biggest health benefits of D-mannose is its potential for helping to maintain urinary tract health.* It’s estimated that one in two women will be faced with urinary tract (UT) concerns during their lifetime. One in five women will be troubled not once, but repeatedly with recurrent UT issues.
The traditional medical approach for maintaining urinary tract health can harm your friendly “good” bacteria and lead to major disruptions in health.
Alternatively, some doctors have been recommending D-mannose since the mid-1980s to help women support their urinary tract health. Laboratory studies with both rats and humans now confirm what doctors and patients have known for years.
A study involving more than 300 women with a history of recurrent urinary tract concerns took a closer look at how D-mannose compares to the traditional medical approach for supporting ongoing urinary tract health. In the study, the women were assigned to one of three groups:
- Those receiving the traditional medical treatment
- Those receiving two grams of D-mannose
- Those receiving no daily treatment for six months
Only 15 percent of those taking D-mannose had recurrences compared to 20 percent of the traditional medicine treatment group. The women who received no treatment at all for the six months endured far more episodes of recurrence than either of the treatment groups. Additionally, those taking D-mannose experienced significantly fewer side effects than the traditional medicine treatment group.
This and other research confirms that taking D-mannose regularly can significantly raise your blood mannose levels, which is key to raising your urinary mannose levels. Optimal urinary levels are important for the support of your overall urinary tract health. I believe good preventative care and maintaining optimal urinary tract health should always be your primary objectives.*
Could D-Mannose Benefit Your Gastrointestinal Health?*
With D-mannose, many people first think of urinary tract health. However, this unique sugar may offer other potential benefits as well.
Some studies suggest that D-mannose may be useful as a “prebiotic.” Prebiotics are substances that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut. The proper balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria is a prerequisite for both gut and overall health, so D-mannose may support your health by helping to raise levels of good bacteria.*
Similar to how D-mannose works in your urinary tract, pathogenic bacteria are attracted to D-mannose on tissue cell membranes in your gut. D-mannose naturally occurs in the cells that line the walls of your urinary tract.
There is also evidence that D-mannose may help protect against lectins in your gastrointestinal tract. Lectins are proteins found in beans, seeds, grains, and even some vegetables and fruits. They present a challenge to digestion because they are not broken down by stomach acid or digestive enzymes.
Studies show that D-mannose may help bind and block lectins, and prevent them from reacting with and damaging your intestinal wall.*
Why Cranberry Juice May Not Be Your Best Source of D-Mannose
Many women swear by drinking cranberry juice to help maintain their urinary tract health, but is it really a good idea?
By nature, cranberries are very tart, so to make cranberry juice palatable, you must add large amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or other sweeteners, including artificial sweeteners. Few people find straight, unsweetened cranberry juice drinkable.
Sweetened cranberry juice can actually do more harm than good, as the ill effects of other sugars can negate the potential benefits of D-mannose. While sugars like fructose and sucrose feed unwelcome invaders in your urinary tract, mannose acts more like a defender.
Finally, the amount of D-mannose or active ingredient in cranberry juice is low. Pure D-mannose is about 10 to 50 times stronger than cranberry. According to research, to support urinary tract health, you would need an amount of D-mannose not easily obtained from cranberries alone.
Benefits of My Patented D-Mannose Supplement*
My D-Mannose is a patent-pending triple action formula of concentrated cranberry fruit extract, D-mannose, and a special patented probiotic blend to help:
- Support your urinary tract health*
- Maintain a healthy balance of flora*
- Support optimal digestive health*
- Support your immune system*
- Contribute to the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora*
This three-in-one blend promotes a favorable environment for health urinary tract flora, and supports a healthy balance of bacteria throughout your digestive system.*
With my D-Mannose, it’s almost like tripling the potential benefits of pure, unsweetened cranberry juice because you’re getting the straight active ingredient D-Mannose along with cranberry extract, and a probiotics formula thrown in for good measure!
In fact, D-Mannose won the 2010 Best of Supplements Award by one of the leading health supplement magazines in the US, Better Nutrition. This award singled out the primary ingredient in my formula, Cran-Gyn DDS, and was judged an “outstanding formulation” based on input from field experts.
Gentle enough to use every day, D-Mannose can help support your urinary tract health. Why settle for just D-mannose when you can get this proprietary three-in-one blend for even more potential benefits?*
Optimal Urinary Tract Health Starts With a Healthy Lifestyle
Besides taking supplemental D-Mannose, what else can you do to help support a healthy urinary tract?*
Since women are affected much more frequently than men, the following suggestions are specific hygiene steps intended for women to help maintain a healthy urinary tract:
- Sip plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day. You can also use the color of your urine to gauge whether you're drinking enough water or not
- Urinate when you feel the need (don't resist the urge)
- Wipe carefully from front to back
- Take showers instead of tub baths
- Avoid hot tubs and Jacuzzis (dry-air infrared saunas are a better choice)
- Cleanse your genital area prior to sex
- Avoid using chemical feminine hygiene sprays and other personal care products that may irritate your genital area, including unscented organic cotton tampons
- Use unbleached, unscented toilet paper
- Try using a bidet instead of toilet paper
By following these guidelines and supplementing with D-Mannose regularly, you can help create a healthy urinary tract environment with the right balance of health-promoting bacteria.*
There’s no question. Prevention is key when it comes to optimal urinary tract health!