What the Heck is D-Mannose and Why Should I Use it?

If you've ever had a UTI (urinary tract infection), you've also probably heard a million different ways to treat and prevent them. From natural home remedies to doctor-prescribed medications, combatting a UTI and keeping them away can be challenging, especially if you suffer from recurring UTIs.


UTIs are incredibly common for women. In fact, 50-60% of the women population will experience a UTI bringing unwanted symptoms, including pain while urinating, chills, frequent peeing, lower belly pain, and lower back pain. To be honest, it all can be a big pain. If any of this sounds pretty familiar, we are here to inform you about a supplement called D-Mannose. You might want to call it your new bestie because it is here to help you in your dark days.


What is D-Mannose?

D-Mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar and carbohydrate similar to glucose. D-Mannose is typically found in apples, oranges, peaches, legumes, blueberries, and of course, cranberries. D-Mannose has been linked to UTI prevention for decades but is gaining more popularity for treating and preventing UTIs. Research indicates that when D-Mannose is digested, it makes its way into the urinary tract, where E. coli bacteria (most commonly found in UTIs) could also be living. When mingled together, D- Mannose creates a slippery coating, thus preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. Because E. coli remains free-floating, it can easily be flushed from your system during urination instead of sticking and multiplying, which causes the infection. This is incredibly helpful for those suffering from chronic UTIs because relapse is typically caused by old bacteria left inside the bladder walls or lining from a previous infection. D-Mannose helps break the biofilm that bacteria create so it can leave your body. Make sense? Keep reading.


Do I Still Need Antibiotics with D-Mannose?

The short answer is yes; you should still take antibiotics if you have a UTI. Although technically not approved for UTIs by the FDA, D-Mannose has evidence-based facts of helping to do both with no harsh side effects. Studies suggest that D-mannose may be an effective alternative to antibiotics or a complementary remedy to prevent recurrent UTIs. Research also indicates that D-mannose can also help reduce the severity of UTI symptoms and helps balance vaginal pH. 

D-Mannose isn't a magic pill and works best in tandem with antibiotics. D-Mannose does not kill bacteria; it just helps it leave your body. If the infection is left untreated, symptoms could worsen, and the infection can spread into the kidneys. You should always talk to your doctor at the first sign of a UTI and tell them you also take D-Mannose. 

How to Take D-Mannose?

If you're one of the lucky ones who often seem to get UTIs, D-Mannose supplements might be for you. Along with always staying hydrated, D-Mannose has proven to be effective for preventing and keeping bacteria in the urinary tract away. Checkable's Urinary Tract Balance provides urinary tract and bladder health support in one powerful dose. Made with the most effective ingredients available, including D-Mannose, Cranberry Juice Powder, Hibiscus, and natural Dandelion herb, our Urinary Tract Balance helps clean the urinary tract to prevent infections while providing nutrients needed to promote a healthy bladder. Basically, it's designed to keep you feeling your best down there, and everywhere. Sounds like a win-win to me.