IC Supplements

Researchers evaluated the helpfulness of many dietary supplements and herbal remedies in relieving IC symptoms. Though additional research is required regarding the effectiveness of some products, anecdotal evidence suggests they are helpful for controlling IC symptoms.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act requires that products labeled as dietary supplements contain one or more dietary ingredients -- vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other substances intended to supplement the diet. By law dietary supplements must be intended to be taken by mouth (eg, pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid). Learn more about dietary supplements by visiting the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. The United States Food and Drug Administration also provides tips on evaluating dietary supplements.


Prelief is an over-the-counter food acid reducer shown to reduce bladder pain and urinary urgency. Independent research concluded that Prelief is superior to other IC interventions, including surgery, bladder instillations, and oral therapies. Results are published in professional journal Urology (Jan. 2008: Vol.17, 62 to 66). For more information, visit AkPharma or call 800-994-4711.

Desert Harvest Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. In addition, the active ingredients in the aloe plant are glycoaminoglycans (GAG), which researchers believe may form a barrier in the bladder of IC patients. A double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Desert Harvest’s super-strength, freeze-dried aloe vera capsules showed significant reduction in the symptoms of IC/PBS. Desert Harvest makes a very concentrated form of aloe vera just for IC/PBS. They remove the anthraquinones (the ingredients in the aloe plant that cause diarrhea), 100% of the water, and the soluble fiber, leaving all the other ingredients of the plant intact. Desert Harvest freeze-dries their liquid into a powder (since heat can damage the active ingredients) and adds no fillers or preservatives. IC patients should not take aloe vera juices, since they are preserved with acids. In addition to their special Super-strength Vera Capsules, Desert Harvest manufacturers IC-friendly food supplements and skin care products with the unique needs of IC patients in mind. For more information and a free sample of Desert Harvest Whole-Leaf Aloe Vera Capsules, please call 1-800-222-3901 or visit Desert Harvest.


Drawing upon the scientific work of Theoharis Theoharides, MD, PhD, clinical research demonstrated that CystoProtek relieves symptoms associated with IC. The anti-inflammatory properties of chondroitin sulfate, quercetin, and rutin help reduce bladder damage and pain. The glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronate sodium help replenish the damaged glycosaminoglycan (GAG) protective layer in the bladder. Tip: If you find that the Cysto-Protek pills are too large to swallow, poke a small hole in the capsule and squeeze the ingredients (yellow thick suspension) into homemade applesauce or a similar food that does not irrirate your IC. To find out more, visit Cystoprotek or call 888-317-0001 (ext. 10125).

Cysta-Q and Prosta-Q

Published research conducted by Daniel A. Shoskes, M.D and other physicians shows that both Cysta-Q and Prosta-Q significantly reduce symptoms of IC. Cysta-Q consists of a unique blend of quercetin, bromelain, papain, cranberry powder (nonacidic), wood betony, passionflower, and valerian. Prosta-Q is made from quercetin. To find out more go to Farr Labs, LLC or call 877-284-3976.

Revised April 11, 2011