Mannose can be formed by the oxidation of mannitol. The root of both these words is manna, the food supplied to the Israelites during their journey through Arabia (divinely supplied), which is the sweet secretion of several trees and shrubs, such as fraxinus ornus.
The first two and last two -OH groups point in opposite directions.
- Mannose may be useful for treating equine uterine infections (http://www.equinescienceupdate.co.uk/mannos.htm)
- effects of D-Mannose on E.Coli in bladder infection (http://www.bladder-infection-zone.com/research.html)
- Mannose chemical structure (http://food.oregonstate.edu/sugar/mannose.html)