UTI-Clear from Native Remedies is a herbal remedy for cystitis, bladder and urinary tract infections.
Because some types of urinary tract infections can deteriorate into serious or severe infections affecting the kidneys, therefore if the herbal supplements have not helped during this initial supplementation period, you should consult a qualified doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.
- Stops burning when urinating, helps to flush out the bladder and urinate more easily
- Reduces the need for frequent urination and eliminates inability to urinate even though you have the urge
- Treats and prevents recurring cystitis
- Assists with bloating as a diuretic
UTI-Clear Ingredients: Review of Scientific Evidence
Does UTI-Clear really work? HealthAssist has found scientific studies confirming the effectiveness of
UTI-Clear herbal components. Take a look and make you own decision if the product worth a try.
- 1. Agathosma betulina (Buchu)
Buchu has been used traditionally cleanse the bladder and entire urinary tract system. Buchu has mild antibacterial, antispasmodic and diuretic activity. It is particularly useful in painful and burning urination.
Buchu is used by herbalists as a part of herbal combinations for kidney and bladder problems.
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- 2. Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry)
Arctostaphylos uva ursi is one of the best natural urinary antiseptics and has historically been used as a remedy for urinary tract infections, cystitis, and kidney stones. In fact, until the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, uva ursi was the treatment of choice for bladder and urinary infections.
Arbutin, the main active compound of uva ursi, is a phenolic glycoside that becomes hydrolyzed to hydroquinone. Both chemicals contribute to the antiseptic effects in the urinary tract. Arbutin alone has been reported to relieve pain from kidney stones, cystitis and nephritis (kidney inflammation).
Clinical research proves use of uva ursi as an antiseptic and diuretic with soothing and strengthening properties:
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- 3. Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Another powerful ingredient in UTI-Clear is Achillea millefolium.
Yarrow leaf (Achillea millefolium), named after Achilles, who used extracts of this plant to treat wounds, has been used as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, spasmolytic, haemostatic and digestive remedy.
Yarrow contains alkamides and volatile oils rich in sesquiterpene lactones, which act as soothing agents and natural astringents. Yarrow is beneficial in supporting a healthy systemic environment within the bladder and urinary system.
Moderate antibacterial activity has been documented for Achillea against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bacillus subtillus, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Escherichia coli, Shigella.
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- 5. Candan F, Unlu M, Tepe B, Daferera D, Polissiou M, Sökmen A, Akpulat HA. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of the essential oil and methanol extracts of Achillea millefolium subsp. millefolium Afan. (Asteraceae). J Ethnopharmacol. 2003 Aug;87(2-3):215-20.
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- 4. Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Lemon Balm is a valuable medicinal herb with potent antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects.
In vitro analyses of the antimicrobial properties of lemon balm suggested that the herb completely inhibits the growth of all yeast species.
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- 5. Avena sativa (Green Oats)
Avena sativa, more commonly known as oats, has many medicinal properties. Oats contain more than 20 unique polyphenols, avenanthramides, which have shown strong antioxidant activity.
Avena sativa has anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce itching.
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- 6. Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort)
St. John’s wort has a broad spectrum of biological activities including antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. The herb has
been considered a medicinally valuable plant for over 2000 years. Research suggests the effectiveness of St. John’s wort in treating inflammation-related disorders, bacterial and viral diseases, and as an antioxidant and neuroprotective agent.
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- 7. Echinacea angustifolia
Echinacea is a popular immune-system stimulant.
Studies show (1-3) that echinacea enhances immune function is by enhancing the ability of macrophages to engulf and destroy foreign matter. The specific components of echinacea responsible for this effect are the polysaccharides, alkylamides, and cichoric acid.
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- 8. Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)
Bilberry is used to treat diarrhea, menstrual cramps, eye problems, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and other circulatory problems.
Bilberries have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (1-2).
Bilberry contains flavonoids called anthocyanosides, which are found largely in dark-skinned fruits, and act as potent antioxidants in the body.
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