Irwin Naturals Healthy Tract Prebiotic (60 softgels)

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Although it is well known that ‘Good bacteria’ can help nourish the intestinal tract to promote optimal digestive function, less may be known about prebiotics and their function and purpose in the body. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates derived from plant fibers that beneficially nourish the good bacteria already in the digestive tract.* They are the fertilizer that keep them alive and healthy in the body, as well as improve the good-to-bad bacteria ratio.*

Healthy Tract Prebiotic™ is specially formulated to deliver a combination of XOS inulin from Jerusalem artichoke and Yacon Root as well as soothing botanicals like Marshmallow extract, Cumin and Cardamom powder.* This product can be taken daily to help support overall digestive health.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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D-Mannose May Prevent Common Urinary Tract Infections

D-Mannose May Prevent Common Urinary Tract Infections
D-Mannose May Prevent Common Urinary Tract Infections: Main Image
While 60% of untreated women had a UTI during the trial, only 15% of those using D-mannose had infections
At the beginning of every urinary tract infection (UTI), harmful bacteria cling to the inner lining of the bladder or urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the bladder). D-mannose, a sugar, has been found in a test tube to prevent bacteria from sticking in this way, leading researchers to hope that, as a supplement, it could prevent UTIs. A report in the BJU International describes research suggesting that D-mannose does prevent UTIs in women known to have them frequently.

D-mannose prevents UTIs as effectively as an antibiotic

The report describes a trial in which 308 women who suffered from recurrent UTIs were given either 2 grams of D-mannose powder per day, 50 mg of the antibiotic nitrofurantoin per day, or no treatment. After six months, the following effects were noted:

  • Women treated with either D-mannose or the antibiotic had a lower risk of UTI recurrences than untreated women.
  • While 60% of untreated women experienced a UTI during the trial, only 15% of those using D-mannose and 20% of those using the antibiotic had infections.
  • Statistical calculations suggested that D-mannose and the antibiotic were equally effective.
  • Women using D-mannose had fewer side effects than women using the antibiotic.

“We believe that D-mannose may be a useful agent for the prevention of recurrent UTIs,” the researchers said. They noted that placebo-controlled trials would be needed to verify their findings.

Keeping your urinary tract infection-free

If you suffer from recurrent UTIs, these findings suggest that D-mannose may be helpful to you. Here are some other things you can do to avoid infections:

  • Flush with water. One way to prevent bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract is to keep fluid flowing through the system, so drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Take cranberry. Whether as juice or concentrated capsule, cranberry has been found in most, although not all, studies to be an effective UTI preventer. Unsweetened juice is a good choice, since it can help flush the urinary system without adding immune-impairing sugar to the system.
  • Reach for herbs. Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is often used to prevent UTIs, and studies show it may be effective for treating them; however, it should only be used with medical supervision once an infection is underway.

(BJU Int 2014;113:9–10)

Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.

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Directions: (Adult) Take four (4) Liquid Soft-Gels per day with meals and a full glass of water. May be taken all at once or divided throughout the day.

Usage Warnings: Do not use if safety seal is broken. Check with your doctor before using this product if you are using medication or have any medical conditions. Taking this product without adequate water may cause choking. Do not use if you may become pregnant, are pregnant or nursing. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Not intended for use by persons under 18. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Store in a cool, dry place.

Warning: (State of California Prop 65) This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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