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3 Science-Proven Ways to Heal a Pesky UTI

No cranberry juice necessary.


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Urinary tract infections are, quite literally, a pain. Luckily, there are natural cures for UTIs women swear by. Try one (or all) of these and finally find relief once and for all.

1. D-Mannose

d mannose vitamin

The sugar’s antibacterial compound is proven to stem 90 percent of infections when you dissolve 1 tsp. in 8 oz. of water and drink twice a day.

Try: Now Foods, D-Mannose, 500 mg, 120 Veg Capsules, $15.36, iHerb

2. Garlic

Garlic cloves

Antimicrobial compounds allicin and ajoene suppress 82percent of infectioncausing bacteria found in the urinary tracts of repeat UTI sufferers. The Rx: Experts advise taking 600 mg. of aged garlic extract twice a day. Note: Garlic supplements have a bloodthinning effect, so check with your M.D. first.

Try: Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular, Formula 100, 300 Capsules, $28.12, iHerb

3. Uva Ursi

Uva-Ursi vitamin supplement

The herb contains arbutin, a plant compound that stopped the growth of 70 different urinary bacteria when taken at the first signs of urinary urgency or mild burning, say German scientists. Experts advise 500 mg. three times daily for three days.

Try: Nature’s Way, Uva-Ursi, 666 mg, 60 Vegan Capsules, $11.99, iHerb

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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