Nutritional Supplements

There is limited research on the effect of vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements on interstitial cystitis (IC) symptoms and flares. However, some very small pilot studies have found that certain nutritional supplements may reduce the intensity of IC symptoms. Also, in the ICA’s 2009 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Survey, many IC patients noted that specific supplements appeared to help keep their IC in check.

Before taking vitamins, minerals, or dietary supplements, talk with your IC doctor or other healthcare provider. Ask about medical or health issues that you need to consider before adding a supplement to your diet, as well as any known risks associated with specific supplements such as the interference of ingredients with the absorption of medicines.

Posted April 08, 2011