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Unsure of benefits
on April 14, 2008
This product was purchased for my mother who has a complicated medical history, marked by repeat urinary tract infections. Though this product makes no claims on its label, in general if you research it on the Internet, the action by which this product is to help is that bacteria is supposed to cling readily to the D-Mannose and be flushed from the urinary system, rather than clinging to the person's insides.
The reason it is hard to measure the effectiveness of this product as it worked on my mother is that she may have a lot of colonized bacteria in her urinary system. This means that whether she has symptoms or not, the presence of bacteria that should not be great in number (like klebsiella pneumoniae or e. coli) is always detectable.
One symptom my mom almost always seems to have is some pain with initiating urination.
We may never know how my mom's health might have fared had she NOT been on the D-Mannose- perhaps she would have had another infection sooner. But having said that-
When she was on the D-Mannose, her pain was greater. Once she discontinued use, it went back to its prior more manageable level. I wanted to test the product myself and mixed it in my morning iced coffee daily for about 10 days, even though I am not prone to urinary tract infections. I developed some urinary discomfort myself. Having not had a UTI for years, I was surprised, and went to my doctor who detected a fair amount of blood in my urine- though when it was cultured, no bacteria grew.
So while this product might indeed accomplish its mission of helping get rid of bacteria in the urine, the question in my mind is if this powder might also end up being a urinary irritant, at least for some people.
Unfortunately, neither my primary doctor nor my mom's, nor her urologist knew anything about D-Mannose and its actions or potential side effects. We elected to take Mom off D-Mannose.
If you use this product in hopes of eliminating bacteria from the urine, maybe it will do that, but do pay attention to see if your symptoms change. Use your own good judgment, and discuss issues with your doctor.