UT Intensive™ is a powerful blend of whole fruit cranberry extract and D-mannose designed to promote a healthy urinary tract.
Cranberry is one of the most widely studied, time-tested, natural remedies for supporting urinary tract health. Unlike many commercially available cranberry products, which are made from juice or contain individual isolated, health-promoting phytochemicals, the cranberry extract in UT Intensive™ is made from the whole fruit—juice, skins, flesh, and seeds—and therefore contains the full complement of phytochemicals, organic acids, fatty acids and phenolics.
Mannose is a type of sugar found in various fruits and vegetables. Its naturally occurring isomer, D-mannose, is similar in structure to certain urinary tract receptors, and thus, functions in a way which helps maintain a healthy environment in the urinary tract. Although mannose is a sugar, it is eliminated from the body instead of impacting calorie intake or metabolism, and does not interfere with blood sugar regulation.
This product is presented in great-tasting, chewable, orange flavored tablets, which allows for easy patient compliance.
Cranberry extracts contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), polyphenols which are polymers of various lengths. Some of the low molecular weight PACs are absorbed in the blood and end up in the bladder medium, where they impair bacterial adhesion to the bladder wall and impair bacterial cohesiveness, which may help reduce bacterial ability to penetrate the epithelial cells and evade immune defenses. The larger molecular weight PACs remain in the gut and are thought to impair pathogenic actions of E. coli-type bacteria in the intestinal tract. This may be particularly beneficial for women, because it is believed that bladder contamination with E. coli may be caused by stool E. coli due to anatomical proximity.*
D-mannose is similar in structure to certain urinary tract receptors that bind E. coli bacteria. This property causes the bacteria to bind to D-mannose instead of urinary epithelial cells, thereby allowing them to be flushed out with the urine. For this reason, this product may be used in conjunction with antibiotic medication as a way to eradicate the bacterial count more effectively, thus reducing the chance of leaving bacterial organisms to remain, proliferate, and become antibiotic-resistant.*