D-Mannose is a simple sugar found in assorted fruits and vegetables. It attaches to the E. coli bacteria (over 90% of UTIs are caused by E. coli BTW) and prevents it from sticking to the walls of our urinary tracts. The E. coli is then flushed out each time we pee – leaving us UTI free! Fun Fact: D-Mannose powder is 10 to 50 times more potent (and effective) than cranberry juice.
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C attacks UTIs head on by acidifying our urine. This limits the growth of certain UTI-causing bacteria – and plays a critical role in boosting our immune systems as our bodies fight off the infection.
Last but not least, Vitamin D increases our body’s production of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin. These peptides assist the body in attacking the cell walls of viruses and bacteria that cause or support UTIs.