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Help for Interstitial Cystitis

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 08:17 AM


Question: My friend suffers from interstitial cystitis. All he has been told to do for it is severely limit his diet. Any suggestions for supplements or treatments?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Interstitial cystitis is a debilitating inflammation of the bladder lining that has resisted most pharmaceutical drug treatments. The idea is to reduce inflammation within the bladder wall and lining of the bladder. Magnesium supplementation is critical as it reduces bladder inflammation.
New studies have shown that irrigating the bladder with quercetin in the form of micelles significantly improved cystitis.
Oral quercetin should also improve the condition, as it is excreted by the kidneys. Quercetin chalcone is the most absorbable form. Quercetin can also be mixed with extra virgin olive oil. Adding curcumin to the oil boosts the anti-inflammatory effect.
Studies have also shown that white and green tea catechins reduce bladder injury and inflammation. One of the components of tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most potent and can be found as a supplement called Teavigo. Drinking white tea several times a day irrigates the bladder with these protective catechins.


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