What is MANNOSE?

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Mannose is a sugar monomer of the aldohexose series of carbohydrates. It is a C-2 epimer of glucose. It has a chemical formula of C6H12O6.
The Fischer projection of D-mannose is as follows.

Although mannose is not an essential nutrient, it can be synthesized in the human body and is interconvertible with glucose.


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Mannose, packaged as the nutritional supplement "d-mannose", is a sugar monomer of the aldohexose series of carbohydrates. Mannose is a C-2 epimer of glucose. Mannose is important in human metabolism, especially in the glycosylation of certain proteins.

D-mannose is used for preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's)and treating Carbohydrates deficient glycoprotein syndrome, an inherited Metabolic Disorders.

D-mannose might treat the deficiency caused by a genetic defect that causes abnormal breakdown and production of mannose. D-mannose might prevent certain kinds of bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection.

Some research suggests that d-mannose might make blood sugar control more difficult in people with diabetes.
Not enough is known about the use of d-mannose during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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