Many people with interstitial cystitis (IC) find that some fruits, particularly citrus, trigger flares. These foods are also an important source of Vitamin C. Luckily, there are other foods that provide us that needed Vitamin C:

IC-friendly Sources of Vitamin C*

(20% daily value)

Good Sources
(10-19% daily value)

  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Greens (Swiss chard, spinach, kale )
  • Melon (honeydew)
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash (summer)
  • Watermelon
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Peaches
* An elimination diet is your first step to figuring out which foods may trigger your IC symptoms.

SOURCE: Urological and Gynecological Chronic Pelvic Pain: Current Therapies [Moldwin R, ed]. Springer Publishing: USA. [Pending publication, expected release 2016].

MYTH: Cranberry juice prevents bladder symptoms.
Some research demonstrates that cranberry juice may help decrease how often you get a urinary tract infection; but, there is conflicting evidence. Plus, most people with IC find that cranberry juice leads to flares.

Revised Monday, May 2nd, 2016