FIVE FAST FACTS FRIDAY: D-MANNOSE

Up to half of women will have had some experience with Urinary Tract Infection and those women will tell you they are no fun! In fact can be excruciating painful and if not treated lead to a kidney infection. You'll have seen we mentioned D-Mannose on Tuesday (if you missed it you can view the post here). It's a supplement we're just getting to know ourselves so why not learn some more facts about the it. 

1) D-Mannose also goes by the following names: Carubinose, D-Manosa, Mannose, Seminose.

2) D-mannose is a simple sugar that occurs naturally in wood, fruits and the human body itself. The major benefits of it being completely natural are the lowered chance of encountering any side effects and once consumed D-mannose travels through the blood stream and enter the bladder via the blood stream, which ensures it attacks infections directly.

3) D-mannose is used for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and treating carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome, an inherited metabolic disorder. 

4). The sugars in D-mannose coat the lining of the urinary tract and bladder as they pass through the body. These sugars not only cover mucus membranes but they surround bacterial cells making it impossible for them to stick to the walls of the bladder or urinary tract. The bacteria remain free floating and are passed out of the body in the urine. And so can be used as a natural antibiotic. 

5) D-mannose is not metabolized like other sugars in the body, it does not alter blood sugar levels and the plant components are filtered directly into the bladder. As D-mannose is excreted it essentially passes through the kidneys, fills the bladder and flushes the entire urinary tract when you urinate.

Please  note if you are trying to treat an infection with D-Mannose and symptoms haven't changed in 2 days go to see your GP.