Bacterial Cystitis, UTI'S: D-Mannose
D-Mannose is a monosaccharide (a simple sugar), related to glucosamine, which has the ability to attach to bacteria and prevent the bacteria from attaching to your bladder wall which causes bladder infection symptoms. D-Mannose can be taken to help clear up a bladder infection and can be used as part of a maintainence regime.
Bio-Kult Pro-cyan contains cranberry extract, two live bacterial strains and Vitamin A which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Probiotics contain live healthy bacteria. Bio-Kult's Protexin is a complex of 14 strains of beneficial bacteria to help support the immune system and maintain a healthy digestive system.
Prelief dietary supplement does an excellent job of neutralizing the acid found in food to prevent the onset of bladder pains. This supplement is recommended for individuals who suffer from bladder discomfort after ingesting food with acids hidden in them.
There are natural supplements that are beneficial to some bladder illness sufferers. As with any medication or supplement however, it is receommended that you speak to your GP or medical practitioner before taking any supplements.
SagaPro is a herbal supplement made from Angelica archangelica which is used to treat the symptoms of Overactive Bladder.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) has very high amounts of disease-fighting, free-radical eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients called bioflavonoids. GSE is associated with potential health benefits including a powerful natural antiseptic, antiviral and anti-fungal agent and promotes the healing of wounds and scar tissue. Not to be taken by those suffering from high blood pressure.
Quercetin can be found in many natural food sources including onions, citrus fruits, black tea, broccoli and red apples. The greatest beneficial use of Quercetin is as a natural antihistamine. It is often paired with Bromelain which is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples. Bromelain increases the absorption of quercetin and provides additional benefits due to its own anti-inflammatory activity. Bromelain is an anti-coagulent and so shouldn't be taken with any other blood-thinning medication such as Elmiron. Always check with your doctor before taking Quercetin/Bromelain.
Olive leaf extract can be helpful in the treatment of a host of bacterial, viral and fungal infections including cystitis and thrush. Extracted from specific parts of the olive tree (Olea europaea), its main component is the phytochemical oleuropein which breaks down into elenolic acid, a powerful anti-bacterial agent.
Helpful products for testing urine at home. These products are sold by reputable third parties with free postage and packaging.
Bladder sufferers should avoid caffeinated drinks as caffeine irritates the bladder. These alternatives to tea and coffee make a great hot drink.
Marshmallow Root Tea is an herb that is highly recommended by Catherine Simone, author of “Along the Healing Path”. It is believed that marshmallow root tea provides a soothing coating to the bladder because of the mucilage found in the plant. Made into a tea, Organic Marshmallow Root Tea is excellent for soothing and nourishing the lining of the bladder, kidneys and entire urinary tract.