Urinary-Pro

Urinary-Pro

Acute UTI support

60 Tablets ( SKU: 9132, NPN: 80114525 )

Benefits

  • Contains a unique combination of four plant extracts that promote healthy urinary function
  • Provides 250 mg of bearberry (uva-ursi) per tablet, standardized to 20% of arbutin, with both diuretic and antimicrobial actions
  • Berberine hydrochloride enhances Nrf2 activity, promoting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
  • Juniper and berberine extracts both inhibit bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation
  • Echinacea purpurea enhances immune function and provides antiviral support
  • Suitable for vegans

Feature Summary

Urinary-Pro provides clinical doses of four plant extracts that support healthy urinary function. A unique combination of extracts from bearberry (uva-ursi), juniper, Echinacea purpurea, as well as berberine promote antimicrobial and antioxidant activity along the urinary tract, inhibiting bacterial growth and adhesion while also supporting immune function.

Bearberry has the highest natural content of the phenol arbutin (hydroquinone beta-D-glucoside), and has a long history of use as a urinary antiseptic.1 The aglycone hydroquinone of arbutin, which is released in alkaline urine, is thought to provide its antimicrobial actions.2 In a clinical trial, women with recurrent cystitis had no infections over a one-year period when consuming bearberry, compared to 23% of the placebo group.3 Berberine, well known for its antibacterial properties, has been found to inhibit the adhesion of E. coli to human bladder cells, as well as the formation of bacterial biofilms by E. faecalis, in vitro.4,5 Berberine has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and protect against oxidative damage, in part by enhancing nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) activity, a key signalling pathway for antioxidant defence.6

Urinary-Pro also provides a 4:1 extract of juniper, known for its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and diuretic properties, and shown to prevent adhesion and growth of several bacterial species, including E. coli, in vitro.7,8,9 A 6:1 extract of Echinacea purpurea supports healthy urinary function by modulating both innate and specific immune activity. Additionally, it has been shown to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.10,11

Medicinal Ingredients

Each Tablet Contains:
Bearberry Extract (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) (leaf) (20% arbutin) 250 mg
Berberine (hydrochloride) 50 mg
Juniper Extract 4:1 (Juniperus communis) (fruit) 37.5 mg
Organic Echinacea Extract 6:1 (Echinacea purpurea) (herb top) 50 mg

Non-Medicinal Ingredients

Microcrystalline cellulose, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, croscarmellose sodium, coating (carbohydrate gum, glycerin), silica, stearic acid, vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).

Dosage:

Recommended Adult Dose: 2 tablets 2 times per day or as directed by a health care practitioner. Take a few hours before or after any medication or natural health product. Do not take with highly acidic foods (e.g., citrus fruits and juice) or medications, which may acidify urine. For occasional use only. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond one week.

Allergens:

Contains no artificial colours, preservatives, or sweeteners; no dairy, starch, sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, animal products, tree nuts, or GMOs. Suitable for vegetarians/ vegans. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal is broken. For freshness, store in a cool, dry place.

Drug Interactions

No known drug interactions exist. As a diuretic, bearberry theoretically may increase serum lithium levels, but this has not been shown clinically.12 Berberine has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and may have an additive effect when combined with other hypoglycemic medications, such as metformin.13 Berberine has also been shown to increase levels of cyclosporin A, and combined use should be avoided.14 Berberine has demonstrated inhibitory activity on cytochrome enzymes CYP2D6, CYP3A4, and CYP2C9, and use of medications metabolized by these enzymes should be monitored.15 Echinacea has been shown to reduce the required steroid dosage in inflammatory conditions, and may improve the efficacy of antifungal treatments for infection with Candida sp.16,17,18 Although direct evidence of drug interactions with echinacea is lacking, it is a weak inhibitor of CYP1A2 and a minor inducer of CYP3A4, and may have a slight effect on drugs metabolized through these pathways.19

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  2. Ma, C., He, N., Zhao, Y., et al. (2019). Antimicrobial mechanism of hydroquinone. Appl Biochem Biotechnol, 189(4), 1291-1303.
  3. Larsson, B., Jonasson, A., & Fianu, S. (1993). Prophylactic effect of UVA-E in women with recurrent cystitis: a preliminary report. Curr Ther Res, 53(4), 441-3.
  4. Petronio, G.P., Cutuli, M.A., Magnifico, I., et al. (2020). In vitro and in vivo biological activity of berberine chloride against uropathogenic E. coli strains using Galleria mellonella as a host model. Molecules, 25(21), 5010.
  5. Chen, L., Bu, Q., Xu, H., et al. (2016). The effect of berberine hydrochloride on Enterococcus faecalis biofilm formation and dispersion in vitro. Microbiol Res, 186-187, 44-51.
  6. Ashrafizadeh, M., Fekri, H.S., Ahmadi, Z., et al. (2020). Therapeutic and biological activities of berberine: the involvement of Nrf2 signaling pathway. J Cell Biochem, 121(2), 1575-85.
  7. Yarnell, E. (2002). Botanical medicines for the urinary tract. World J Urol, 20(5), 285-93.
  8. Klančnik, A., Zorko, Š., Toplak, N., et al. (2018). Antiadhesion activity of juniper (Juniperus communis L.) preparations against Campylobacter jejuni evaluated with PCR-based methods. Phytother Res, 32(3), 542-50.
  9. Fernandez A., & Cock I.E. (2016). The therapeutic properties of Juniperus communis L.: antioxidant capacity, bacterial growth inhibition, anticancer activity and toxicity. Pharmacogn J, 8(3), 273-80.
  10. Catanzaro, M., Corsini, E., Rosini, M., et al. (2018). Immunomodulators inspired by nature: A review on curcumin and echinacea. Molecules, 23(11), 2778.
  11. Sharifi-Rad, M., Mnayer, D., Morais-Braga, M.F.B., et al. (2018). Echinacea plants as antioxidant and antibacterial agents: from traditional medicine to biotechnological applications. Phytother Res, 32(9),1653-63.
  12. Malhi, G.S., Bell, E., Outhred, T., et al. (2020). Lithium therapy and its interactions. Aust Prescr, 43(3), 91-3.
  13. Zhang, H., Wei, J., Xue, R., et al. (2010). Berberine lowers blood glucose in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients through increasing insulin receptor expression. Metabolism, 59(2), 285-92.
  14. Xin, H.-W., Wu, X.-C., Li, Q., et al. (2006). The effects of berberine on the pharmacokinetics of cyclosporin A in healthy volunteers. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol, 28(1), 25-9.
  15. Guo, Y., Chen, Y., Tan, Z.-R., et al. (2012). Repeated administration of berberine inhibits cytochromes P450 in humans. Eur J Clin Pharmacol, 68(2), 213-7.
  16. Manayi, A., Vazirian, M., & Saeidnia, S. (2015). Echinacea purpurea: pharmacology, phytochemistry and analysis methods. Pharmacogn Rev, 9(17), 63-72.
  17. Coeugniet, E., & Kuhnast R. (1986). Recurrent candidiasis: adjuvant immunotherapy with different formulations of Echinacin (TM). Therapiewoche, 36, 3352-8.
  18. Neri, P.G., Stagni, E., Filippello, M., et al. (2006). Oral Echinacea purpurea extract in low-grade, steroid-dependent, autoimmune idiopathic uveitis: a pilot study. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther, 22(6), 431-6.
  19. Freeman, C., & Spelman, K. (2008). A critical evaluation of drug interactions with Echinacea spp. Mol Nutr Food Res, 52(7), 789-98.