Supports Healthy Urinary & Kidney Function
If you feel uncomfortable talking about bladder issues, you are not alone! Even though most of us experience some kind of issue with our urinary system at some time of our lives, we tend to neglect our healthcare support for our urinary tract because it’s just not socially acceptable to talk about our pee problems. Let’s get past our squeamishness about it and learn more about our very important urinary system so we can take better care of it.
The urinary system consists of our kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. The urinary system is the body's drainage system and is responsible for the formation and elimination of urine. Urine is formed in the kidneys as they filter our blood, a job they perform 24/7 every day of our lives. The urine is then passed through tubes called ureters to the bladder, where it is stored until it is eliminated from the body. During urination, the urine is passed from the bladder through a tube called the urethra to the outside of the body.
The urinary system, besides eliminating fluid waste from the body, has the very important jobs of regulating blood volume, mineral levels, blood pressure, and pH balance in the blood. The urinary system also works with the lungs, skin and intestines to maintain the intricate balance of chemicals and water in our bodies.
When any part of the urinary system becomes irritated, we experience discomfort and other urinary tract issues. Thankfully, Nature has provided us with an amazing herb that both tones and soothes irritated urinary tract tissues, as well as helping with other urinary system needs.
This herb is Uva Ursi. No other herb has been so universally used specifically for urinary system support. Its use in Europe and Asia can be tracked back nearly 2,000 years, and its use in Native American healthcare has been passed down for untold generations.
Uva Ursi is a low growing broadleaf evergreen bush with small shiny dark green leaves and red berries that grows in North America, Asia, and northern Europe. While we humans generally avoid the berries because they just plain don’t taste good to us, bears love them and the berries and leaves are an important part of their own diets, which is why one of the common names for Uva Ursi is Bearberry. In fact, bears like eating these berries so much that it was given an unusual scientific Latin name. Both the first and second words in the Latin binomial mean the same thing – Archostaphylos means “bear grapes”, and uva-ursi means “grape of the bear”. You might also have heard of it being called “kinnikinnick”, which means “smoking mixture.” The Native American Algonquin tribe use the leaves of this plant either alone or with other herbs for ceremonial pipe smoking, and kinnikinnick is widely used by many people for this purpose today.
Primarily used for urinary tract support for the kidneys and bladder, Uva Ursi Leaf is an unusual herb in that it both astringes (tones and dries) and soothes (cools) the tissues of the urinary system. An important glycoside, arbutin, a main active compound in the leaves, is changed into hydroquinone in the body, which helps clear the urinary tract. Uva Ursi Leaf also has tannins that have a tonifying and astringing effect on mucous membranes. Uva Ursi is so soothing and strengthening to the urinary tract tissues because of another constituent, allantoin, the constituent in aloe vera that makes aloe so famous for its skin soothing qualities.
As an astringent herb that tones, cools, and dries tissues, Uva Ursi supports healthy diuretic action that helps the body flush fluids and naturally occurring metabolic toxins and helps reduce temporary bloating and water retention. This can help in both detox and weight loss programs.
Uva Ursi helps strengthen and promote healthy tissues in the urinary tract and has an important role in supporting healthy microbial balance in the urinary system. This is why Uva Ursi helps irritated bladders and even helps reduce issues with bedwetting and bladder leakage, and supports the prostate.
Uva Ursi helps alkalize the urine, which helps urination be more comfortable. (Do not take Uva Ursi with vitamin C, cranberry juice or citrus fruits and juices, as they increase acid levels in the urine and Uva Ursi does its job best when the urine is more alkaline.) Uva Ursi not only promotes urination, but also helps the bowels move. Uva Ursi has muscle relaxing qualities and soothes, strengthens and tightens hot, irritated muscles, especially in the urinary tract. It also boosts the immune system and helps fluids throughout the body, which also helps soothe the joints.
Used during labor, Uva Ursi helps strengthen contractions, so this herb should not be used during pregnancy. It’s drying effect may affect lactation, so it is not recommended to use it while nursing.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a bear in the wilds to have the benefits of Uva Ursi in your life. Cedar Bear has the single herb of Uva Ursi Leaf in an easy to use liquid, alcohol-free form that has all the wonderful qualities of the herb, just as Nature made it.
It’s not just the herb in Cedar Bear’s single herb of Uva Ursi Leaf that makes it so effective at toning and soothing your urinary system. Uva Ursi Leaf is made with Cedar Bear’s special proprietary process called the TincTract. It’s more than a tincture, and more than an extract, and works better than either!
Cedar Bear’s alcohol-free TincTract process makes herbs both bio-available and bio-utilizable, so every drop goes right to work supporting your health and well-being.
When your urinary system needs support, reach for Uva Ursi Leaf by Cedar Bear!
INGREDIENTS: Uva Ursi Leaf (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
OTHER INGREDIENTS: USP Grade Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water.
NOTE: Do not use while pregnant or nursing. Consult your healthcare provider if you are taking medication or have a medical condition.
SUGGESTED USE: ¼ tsp (1.23 mL) 1 to 3 times a day, or as needed. Shake well.
BODY SYSTEM: Urinary/Kidneys
SUPPORTS: Urinary Tract & Kidneys
Note: Uva Ursi is a short-term use herb, only to be used continuously for up to two weeks at a time.
*(These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Association. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)