Some of you may have watched my YouTube video (or not, but you definitely should, as I go into more detail about what the supplements are used for) and wished for a written list of the supplements I take to manage my IC. Well, here you go! I thought I’d put it in writing so it’s a bit easier to see and follow along with. Like I said in the video, many of the brands I take do not contain preservatives or fillers so they are IC friendly – but everyone is different. You may need to experiment with a few brands in order to find one you can tolerate. I also strongly recommend you start slowly with one supplement at a time and not with a full dosage. Then over time, build up to the dose needed and add in new supplements. I will provide links to the brands I use, in case you want to start there. Here is a list of the oral supplements I currently take and/or have tried:
Vitamin D – I take Natures Way Softgel 5,000 I/U
Fish Oil Supplement 1240 – I take GNC Triple Strength (also at Rite Aid and for less)
Probiotic – I take Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 Billion
Serrapeptase – I take Doctor’s Best 40,000
MSM+Glucosamine – GNC brand
Quercetin – Now Foods
*One item I forgot to mention in the video is AZO – which is the over the counter bladder medication that coats the bladder to help ease symptoms. This helped me in the beginning, but now I feel as if it makes me worse off when I take it so I no longer do. But it did help for a while and I know helps many with pain, frequency and urgency. Worth a try.
**I am not a medical professional and cannot give medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or naturopath about taking any supplements.