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D mannose

D mannose

D-mannose is naturally occurring simple sugar that is found in many fruits. It is closely related to glucose. D-mannose is also known to occur naturally in some cells of the human body. It is also known by other names such as Carubinose, D-manosa and seminose.

Benefits of taking D-mannose

  • D-mannose may be used to treat urinary tract infections. As research suggests, it helps in preventing certain bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary bladder thereby preventing urinary infections
  • It also helps in treating carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome type 1b, which is a rare inherited disorder
  • It is also believed that D-mannose helps in improving protein deficiency, low blood sugar, blood clotting and liver function
  • Plays the role as a ‘prebiotic’ that means that it helps in stimulating good bacteria in the body thereby improving the digestive system

Natural sources of D-mannose
D-mannose id naturally obtained from many fruits. Some fruits that contain high amount of D-mannose include oranges, apples, peaches and certain berries like cranberries and blueberries

When should you take D-mannose?
D-mannose is generally taken when suffering from a urinary tract infection as it is a completely natural way of treating such an infection without the use of antibiotic. Moreover; those who are vulnerable to recurrent UTIs can safely take D-mannose as a preventive measure to prevent any future attacks. D-mannose also suits kids and is safe for children with Urinary Tract infections.

When should you avoid D-mannose?
Always consult your doctor if you are taking any supplements including natural ones along with it. That way, your doctor can check for any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.

Quantity to be taken
The correct dose of D-mannose depends on quite a few factors like the person’s age, health, and many other conditions. It must be kept in mind that if a product is natural, it does not mean it cannot harm. So, always consult your doctor about the quantity you should be taking before you start using.

Expert tips/Precautions

  • For the most part, D-mannose seems to be safe for all; it might however cause loose stools or bloating. It can also harm the kidney if taken in too much quantity.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There isn’t enough known about the use of D-mannose during pregnancy or breastfeeding. So, it’s better to stay on the safe side and avoids usage.
  • If you are diabetic, D-mannose must be used with caution as it alters the sugar level.