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D-MANOSE IN FRUIT

D-Manose in Fruit

Elaine writes:
Bacteria causing infections on human tissues have an affinity to bind to a certain sugar,
d- mannose, on the cell membranes of tissue. D-mannose is a monosaccharide sugar found naturally in fruits and actually is similar to glucose EXCEPT in its three-dimensional form (stereochemistry). Although no one has done any research on its function, re its presence in the intestine other than to indicate that it is involved in immunological reactions, there are reports on its therapeutic effect in the urinary tract where cranberry juice (containing much D-mannose)has a beneficial action in urinary tract infections. It is very possible that in intestinal infections, the d-mannose in fruit competes with the d-mannose on the cells in the gut and provides competition which would allow the infectious bacteria to leave their binding sites on the gut and attach to the d-mannose in fruit and, thereby, have a beneficient effect in lessening the infection.

Also from Elaine:
Bacteria that are involved with gut pathology have been studied in ways that show how they initiate a response by the immune system. In most of these articles, there is the interaction of bacterial cell walls and their ability to bind to cells of the urinary tract and other mucosal cells (also the surface of the gut) through D-mannose receptors. It is referred to as lectin binding to D-mannose. The reason that cranberry juice has been used for urinary tract infections is because the bacteria causing the infections (E. coli where it should not be in the urinary tract but this would apply to many other bacterial species) is to "make" the bacteria adhere to the D-mannose in cranberry juice and let go of the tissue in the urinary tract or elsewhere.

D- Mannose is present in fruit and altho it may be there is lesser amounts than the monosaccharides, glucose and fructose, IT IS PRESENT. In addition to its natural occurrence in the cells lining the epithelial tract, the sugar D-mannose is also found in relatively large quantities in fruit such as peaches, pineapple, apples, oranges, and certain berries, like cranberries and blueberries.

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Through the (SCD) Specific Carbohydrate Diet, explained in this book, our son was able to get off medication and thrive. He healed himself and was able to go away to college. Last month he had a relapse, had surgery and by going back on the diet he was able to put himself in remission. The doctors are amazed with his latest tests and told him he did not need medication, but he must stick to the diet. I have bought over a dozen of these books and shared them with doctors, family members, and friends. I strongly recommend this book for any IBD/IBS issues.
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