This Healthy Sugar Could Help You Beat Bladder Problems

This Healthy Sugar Could Help You Beat Bladder Problems

Everyone’s sure sugar is bad for you. Many sugars are. Table sugar… corn syrup… sucrose… All these sugars can damage your health.

But one sugar offers a remarkable health benefit. It can help you avoid the misery of round after round of bladder problems.

If you suffer with recurring bladder trouble, this sugar can help you slow – or even end – the cycle. Free you from the burning, sudden urges, and embarrassments that come with bladder problems.

This sugar isn’t like any other. In fact, the richest source of this sugar isn’t even remotely sweet. It’s so tart, people add cups of table sugar to the source to make it palatable.

The source is a fruit. But not one you’re likely to have munched on when you were growing up. Too bad… because it’s remarkably healthy.

And both the fruit and its remarkable sugar offer remarkable defenses against bladder problems. Here’s what you need to know.


The Rare Healthy Sugar You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Everybody knows about table sugar. And who doesn’t think of honey as a treat? If you’re health-conscious, you probably know that corn syrup is awful for you. And folks with blood sugar issues may even know about malitol – a sugar that doesn’t raise blood sugar the way sucrose does.

But almost nobody’s heard of mannose. It’s a simple sugar that’s not so sweet. Or so packed with calories. In fact, even scientists didn’t have much interest in mannose until they took a closer look at its richest source.

Because that source has a reputation for easing bladder problems.

That source is the humble cranberry – one of the tartest foods you can imagine. And one that’s loaded with good news for bladder sufferers. Including mannose, the sugar hardly anybody’s heard of.

We’ll get to cranberries in a few moments. But first, here’s why mannose is the cornerstone of Ultranol – one of the most advanced bladder formulas ever offered.


This Sugar Crushes Even the Toughest Bladder Problems

Half of all women will suffer with bladder trouble at some point in their lives. And many millions will face the pain, sudden urges, embarrassing odors and leaks over and over again.

Bladder problems lead to millions of doctor and emergency room visits every year. Plus, there’s the embarrassment of leaks when you dance… exercise… laugh… or even just cough.

Going through this once is tough. But imagine going through it twice, three, even four times a year. Year after year.

If you don’t have to imagine that horror, I have good news. Mannose shows promise as perhaps the most effective bladder defense available.

And the evidence is pretty convincing.


For instance, a 2014 study in BJU International found that D-mannose – the form of mannose in Ultranol– blocks E. coli bacteria from adhering to bladder and urinary tract walls.1

D-mannose is the only form of this sugar with this property. And it’s the form naturally found in cranberries. Which explains why cranberries can be so helpful in avoiding bladder problems.

Because when E. coli can’t get a foothold, it can’t overwhelm your urinary tract.


Proof Upon Proof That Mannose Is Effective

Another 2014 study, looked at women with recurring bladder problems. They ranged in age from their 20s to their 50s.

In this study, women who took mannose went almost 4 times longer without a bladder issue than women who didn’t. The average was 200 days.

In other words, women taking mannose went more than 6 months without suffering any bladder issues. The average for women not taking mannose was about 52 days.2 Which sounds better to you?

A 2014 study in the World Journal of Urology had similar results. Volunteers took either a mainstream pill, mannose, or a placebo. After 6 months, the mannose group had 75% fewer bladder than the placebo group.

Mannose outperformed the mainstream pill, too. By more than 25%. And it had a lower risk of side effects.3

An Italian study also had remarkable results.

Doctors at the University Sapienza of Rome gave volunteers either D-mannose or a placebo for 6 months. The volunteers all had a history of bladder issues.

A third of the placebo group suffered another bladder problem within 6 months. But the mannose group? Only 4.5% had a recurrence. In other words, taking mannose carried less than one-seventh the risk over 6 months.4

So, if D-mannose is so effective, why has its main source – cranberries – gotten so much bad press lately?


Cranberry Juice – The Right Idea, But the Wrong Source

In the last few years, several studies and reviews have found no benefit from cranberries for bladder trouble. Yet, for centuries before, cranberries had a stellar reputation. What went wrong?


The answer appears to be found in cranberry juice.

As  mentioned earlier, cranberries art tart, not sweet. They’re so tart, virtually all cranberry products – except the berries themselves – are sold with added sugar. Lots of it.

An 8-ounce serving of the juice has about 36 grams of sugar. That’s about 15% more than in a cup of soda. And most “no sugar added” varieties are sweetened with grape or apple juice concentrates. So they’re full of fructose – which is just another type of sugar.

These sugars don’t have any health benefits. And cranberry juice is very low in mannose.

Which is a key reason some recent studies don’t see a benefit for bladder health. They’re basically testing flavored sugar water.

But the situation changes when you look at cranberry powders, extracts, and concentrates.


Cranberry Helps Conquer Bladder Woes

Just last year, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported on cranberry’s effect on bladder issues.

This study looked at 160 women. All were slated for a common surgery. One that that often leads to bladder trouble. Half the women took cranberry capsules for 6 weeks after their surgery. The other half took a look-alike placebo.

More than a third – 38% – of the placebo group suffered with bladder issues within those 6 weeks. The cranberry group saw only half as many problems.

The trick? The cranberry concentrate was equal to drinking a quart of pure cranberry juice a day.5 We haven’t seen a study yet that had volunteers drink anywhere near that much pure cranberry juice.

Besides D-mannose, cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs). PACs also block bacteria from “grabbing hold” of your bladder walls and urinary tract (UT).

Cranberries also have a third trick up their sleeve. They raise the acidity of your urine.

  1. coli – the bacteria behind most bladder and UT issues – thrives in a low-acid environment. Raising acidity makes it tougher for any bacteria that does get a foothold to survive.

The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

1 Altarac, S. and Papeš, D., “Use of d-mannose in prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women,” BJU International. Jan 2014; 113(1): 9–10.

2 D Porru, et al, “Oral D-mannose in recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a pilot study,” Journal of Clinical Urology. 2014; 7(3).

3 Kranjčec, B., et al, “D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial,” World J Urol. Feb 2014; 32(1): 79-84.

4 Domenici, L., et al, “D-mannose: a promising support for acute urinary tract infections in women. A pilot study,” Euro Rev Med Pharmaco Sci. 2016; 20: 2920-2925.

5 Brazier, Y., “Cranberries help urinary tract infections, but not as juice,” MedicalNewsToday. Feb 14, 2016

6 Yarnell, E., “Botanical medicines for the urinary tract,” World J Urol. Nov 2002; 20(5): 285-293.

7 “Assessment report on Althaea officinalis L., radix,” European Medicines Agency. Nov 25, 2015.

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