|11-06-2006, 04:45 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2004
no more bladder infections?
Do you know about this? I am going to give it a try.
D-mannose: Studies suggest that D-mannose is 10 times more effective than cranberries in dislodging E. coli bacteria from the bladder wall, and, as such, can ameliorate more than 90% of UTIs in 24-48 hours.
In addition to reading many impressive testimonials from able-bodied consumers whose recurring UTI’s have been successfully treated with the product, I talked to several D-mannose users with SCI:
Stephanie, an artist friend who has had recurring UTI’s, says D-mannose was “a wonderful UTI product.” She adds “ I take several glasses of water a day with a half teaspoon of the powdered D-mannose. I am absolutely positive that it has stabilized my bladder condition to the effect of better control, easier to empty, and the discomfort “tightness” or burning is gone. U-tract is a necessity in my daily life!!"
Richard also testified to D-mannose’s effectiveness. A retired teacher and long-time member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, he told me that his UTI frequency had greatly increased with age until he was routinely afflicted with one that required antibiotic therapy every 40 days. About a year ago, he started prophylactically taking D-mannose and feels that it has made a huge difference, noting that “most of the time now, my urine is more clear and lacking of the characteristic UTI-associated odor.” He says the product has greatly decreased his UTI incidence.
Another PVA member David stated that he is a "D-mannose fan." He notes "I’ve had numerous urinary tract infections for 25 years and was starting to run out of effective antibiotics. Since I started taking it six months ago, I've not had a UTI."
Mechanism of Action: D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar similar in structure to but metabolized differently from, glucose (a component of table sugar). Because the body metabolizes only small amounts of D-mannose and excretes the rest in the urine, it doesn’t interfere with blood-sugar regulation even in diabetics.
The cell wall of the UTI-causing E. coli bacteria has tiny finger-like projections that contain complex molecules called lectins on their surfaces. These lectins are cellular glue that binds the bacteria to the bladder wall so they cannot be readily rinsed out by urination. However, because D-mannose molecules will glom on to these lectins and fill up all of the bacterial anchoring sites, the bacteria can no longer attach to the bladder wall and are, therefore, flushed away. In other words, unlike antibiotics, D-mannose does not kill any bacteria, whether they are good or bad, but simply helps to displace them.
Visualize the bacteria as burrs sticking to the lining of your clothes unless they are so covered with lint that they fall away. Essentially, D-mannose represents the molecular lint that makes the bacterial burrs fall away from your urinary-tract lining.
There are numerous sources for D-mannose, including www.dmannose.co.uk.
To help preserve the future effectiveness of life-saving antibiotics, consider using nutritional alternatives to enhance urinary tract health, such as cranberries, blueberries, or D-mannose. Who knows? You may lose your UTI chill on blueberry fill!
Adapted from article appearing in Paraplegia News, June, 2002 (For subscriptions, go to www.pn-magazine.com).
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