Back last Oct 2011 I had a severe kidney, bladder, uti infection that antibiotics would not help. After suffering for a month and the antibiotics failed, I researched the internet and found out about a product called D-mannose w/cranactin.
I did try cranberry juice and supplements first that didn’t help. In desperation and much pain, I tried D-mannose w/cranactin and it did clear up my infection. This was before I found out that I had candidias. There is some debate whether D-mannose will feed candida or not. D-mannose is a form of sugar but it is not metabolized in the same way, and is excreted by the kidneys. Some believe that bacteria (particulary E-Coli) and possibly candida bind to the D-mannose and are then excreted out. Not sure that there is any scientific proof of this, but I know that it definitely helped my infection. If you google it, you will find differing opinions and experiences some in favor others not.
I was in such a desparate state and it was a priority to clear up my infection, that I took it. In my case it definitely cured my infection and I haven’t had one since. But, then I came down with such a severe case of candidias also. This probably was due more to the fact that I was on antibiotics long term several times within six months for various infections.
I am opening this up to a topic of discussion as to the pros and cons of using this for uti’s. Anybody have any information on this about how it affects candida?
Also, I heard that alicin (spelling?) may help with uti’s as well.
All the best,