Better Bladder is a dietary supplement that to reduce urination frequency and urgency during the day and night, as well as decrease embarrassing accidents and leaks. It promises to start working in just two weeks due to its patented formula of natural herbs. In fact, the official website of the manufacturer tells that a double-blind clinical study showed that 90% of supplement users reported fewer accidents, leaks, and visits to the bathroom. They also say that they did not experience any side effects. The supplement is easy to take. You are recommended to take two capsules per day with a meal. There is no need to rely on diapers, drugs, or surgery, according to the manufacturer. The product is said to be effective to manage bladder problems in both men and women who may feel limited in their day-to-day activities. But is Better Bladder really a safe and natural relief as claimed on the website? We will answer this question further, but at first let us take a look at the information about the creator of the product.
The founder's name is Dr. Tracey Seipel who has been an accomplished physician for thirty years. She is also a medical herbalist, naturopathic doctor, and nutritionist from Australia. Dr. Seipel has pioneered the Natural Urological Healthcare Category. The doctor dedicated 15 years of her life to finding a natural solution to bladder treatments. She was looking for the product that would strengthen the bladder wall, sphincter, floor, and connective tissue, as well as support bladder muscle tone. Better Bladder was the result of her searches and clinical testing. Today the company behind the product is Therabotanics which is headquartered in Van Nuys, CA. It held a D+ better Business Bureau rating. The company also manufactures some other dietary supplements, including Citratrim, Cebria, Prosvent, and Profemin. Better Bladder itself has been on the market since 2012.
The supplement is said to have three special ingredients, which have been used to deal with bladder-based problems for many years. The combination of these components has been shown to reduce frequent urination, increase bladder tone, help with the loss of bladder control, and improve bladder fill and empty efficiently. According to the supplement's label listed on the official website of the company, Better Bladder contains the following ingredients: Proprietary blend 840mg: Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) extract (aerial parts), Lindera (Lindera aggregata) extract (root), Cratevox Three-leaf caper (Crateva nurvala) extract (stem bark). The efficacy of these ingredients, we typically is based on the summarizations of the clinical evidence available on websites like WebMD, the Natural Medicines Database, and Examine.com. The major concern here is that none of these resources provided entries for crateva or lindera. There is insufficient evidence that horsetailient can provide any incontinence or bladder -related benefits. We found a separate website for Cratevox, and found out that it is also contained in UriVarx, another dietary supplement.
Crateva Nurvala has been used for many years to support the bladder to fill and empty in a proper and efficient way. It does this by increasing the bladder tone. Lindera has been used for bladder and kidney health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used to help with loss of bladder control and frequent urination. It has been shown in a recent research that Lindera has powerful antioxidant effects to improve the function and tissue of the urinary system. However, this ingredient may cause certain side effects and allergic reactions. Horsetail has been used for fluid retention for many centuries. It is also believed to improve the bladder wall tone. It can be summarized that the company's official website provides only positive results of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. It was concluded that Better Bladder helped to lower nocturia (night urination), urinary day frequency, and symptoms of stress and urgency incontinence after eight weeks of taking the product. the quality of life of those participants has also improved after treatment in comparison to placebo.
According to the official website of Better Bladder, the supplement is not associated with any known side effects. However, it does not mean that the supplement is really safe to take, especially when taking a closer look at the ingredients in the product. According to WebMD, horsetail can be unsafe when taken by mouth for a long period of time. It contains thiaminase, a chemical that breaks down thiamine. It is an important vitamin the deficiency of which could lead to many unpleasant side effects. Some modern products are even labeled "thiaminase-free". There is lack of information about the safety of these products. Little is known about crateva and lindera, which means that these ingredients may potentially cause undesired effects. Besides, we can't know about any possible drug interactions of these compounds. This is why it is vital to talk to your doctor before starting to take any supplement.
There are not so many customer reviews for Better Bladder online. In fact, the only place where we encountered direct customer feedback for this product was on Amazon. But even this website provides few users' testimonials with an average rating of three stars. Two reviews reported reduced nighttime urination. Several reviews referenced no results and even increased nighttime urination. There is lack of information about the product's creator (Dr. Seipel) and manufacturer beside press releases. It means that the company cannot be trusted completely. To better understand whether the product really works, let us take a look at the real customers' testimonials.
"I would give Better bladder zero stars if it were possible because this product is completely useless. It is not only very expensive but it does not help with bladder over-activity. In fact, it is a diuretic and will make you urinate several times more than you usually do. Avoid this supplement."
"I finished one bottle of BetterBladder already and saw no results at all. I took two capsules a day. I did not face any positive changes in my symptoms of OAB which were promised by the manufacturer. I regret buying this product. Don't waste your money, it does not work!"
"My mother has a problem with going to the bathroom very often and frequently with little notice. She tried two prescription medications and suffered from terrible side effects. I bought Better Bladder for her and she says that this product is not effective, even though she followed all the recommendations given on the product's label."
You can buy the product directly through the official website but you will have to do it via a 30-day trial. The initial price is $9.95 for the shipping. You will get a two-month supply (120 capsules). Within 30 days you will have to decide whether the supplement is right for you or not. If you don't contact the company at 800-234-0693 or firstname.lastname@example.org within this period of time, you will be charged the full price of $39.95 per bottle ($79.90 total). Besides, you will get a two-month supply of Better Bladder every two months. It means that your credit card will be billed $79.90, plus $9.95 shipping automatically.
Based on what we have learnt about Better Bladder from such authoritative websites as the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD, it appears to be not effective for solving bladder problems. It also seems that there is lack of clinical evidence proving the safety of its ingredients. There are some customers' complaints on third-party websites relating to low effectiveness, risk of experiencing side effects and high price of the supplement. There are certain concerns about the company's autoship program. If you suffer from urination problems, urgency and stress incontinence, you will need to consult a doctor and to look for a really effective solution. I don't think that Better Bladder can really improve the quality of your life, thus I cannot recommend this product to usage.