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by Carly Neubert, BA, NC February 07, 2018
Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic condition that mostly affects women. It is sometimes called painful bladder syndrome. Your bladder is designed to enlarge until full of urine and once full, it sends a signal to your brain that tells you to go to the bathroom. But if you have Interstitial Cystitis, your bladder sends the message too frequently; you end up feeling the urge to urinate far too often and only small volumes of urine are discharged. This pattern is similar to that experienced by men with enlarged prostate glands. Both the urgency and pain of urination negatively impacts the quality of your life.
Douglas Laboratories has designed the most comprehensive formula to address the causes and symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis. Dr. Geo Espinosa formulated Cysto Renew after he researched the individual ingredients. He specializes in urology and has particular interest in the complexities of Interstitial Cystitis.
There are other formulas that are not as comprehensive. Cystoprotek is a popular option that is mentioned on the Inspire Forum. However, users report Cystoprotek has to be taken in combination with another formula, either Fibroprotek or Bladder Ease to gain symptom relief. Cysto Renew is a comprehensive stand-alone formula. Its active ingredients soothe and rebuild the bladder wall as well as decrease pain and inflammation.
Forum users often complain about Cystoprotek being too expensive. Cysto Renew is, by far, the better value. It contains higher doses of Quercetin and Chondroitin Sulfate than Cystoprotek. Cysto Renew is usually offered at the same price or even less expensive than Cystoprotek. The only drawback to Cysto Renew is that it is best to take it continuously. This true of all of the competitor products. There is no known cure for Interstitial Cystitis so it requires constant maintenance and attention. Although patients experience significant relief from Cysto Renew, it does not cure Interstitial Cystitis permanently.
What are the Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis?
The most noticeable symptom of Interstitial Cystitis is pain. The pain is similar to that experienced by women who suffer with PMS (premenstrual syndrome), vulvodynia, and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Interstitial Cystitis causes pain that is similar to that experienced by men who suffer from an enlarged prostate gland. Both men and women describe the pain focused in the general area below the sexual organs and near the anus.
The pelvic nerves are to blame for overactive signalling to the brain. But what causes the pelvic nerves to send too much signaling? Doctors and researchers have several ideas, but can't seem to agree on one single cause. Some evidence shows that hidden infections may cause damage to the pelvic nerves. Other theories are related to autoimmune issues, allergies, and genetics. Still, another idea suggests that a weakness in the epithelium lining of the bladder may be the culprit for the urinary pain and urgency. Most recently, patients on the IC Network forum have reported their doctors diagnosing them with Mast Cell Disorder as a cause for the Interstitial Cystitis.
Along with the chronic pain, Interstitial Cystitis causes urgency to urinate. Some patients report the need to urinate small amounts of fluid up to sixty times per day.
Other symptoms include pain during sexual intercourse and discomfort whether or not the bladder is full. Those who suffer with Interstitial Cystitis report a significantly lowered quality of life due to the time in the bathroom and constant pain.
Quercetin is a potent anti-inflammatory herb. I have written about quercetin's ability to slow down inflammatory reactions. Quercetin dihydrate is the potent extract to look for in supplement formulas. Standard quercetin extract is not water soluable, so it cannot be used by the cells in your body. Quercetin dihyrdrate, on the other hand, is the only type of quercetin that is water soluable and can be absorbed in your intestines for use in your cells. Cysto Renew has 500mg of readily absorded quercitin dihydrate. Cystoprotek only has 260mg of quercetin in the standard, low absorption, form.
Bromelain is included in the Cysto Renew formula because it, like quercetin, is a strong anti-inflammatory compound. Bromelain is an enzyme whereas quercetin is an antioxidant molecule. Bromelain is known as a proteolytic enyzme which has the power to tear apart inflammatory molecules called cytokines. Both Quercetin and Bromelain reduce inflammation in the bladder; however, they have different mechanisms for action. By including both these plant compounds, Cysto Renew attacks bladder inflammation from two angles.
Magnesium is included in Cysto Renew because it is a natural muscle relaxer. Magnesium is used by muscle cells to enable contraction and relaxation. Without adequate magnesium supply your muscles will stay contracted and tightened for too long which causes pain, discomfort and urgency.
Chondroitin Sulfate is found in the lining of the bladder. It is also a mast cell inhibitor which serves to control histamine and inflammatory responses just like Bromelain and Quercetin. Cysto Renew contains 600mg of Chondroitin Sulfate while Cystoproteck only has half the amount. Researchers theorize that patients who suffer with Interstitial Cystitis may have a deficiency of Chondroitin Sulfate in their bladder lining. If Interstitial Cystitis is indeed related to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, as has been suggested, Chondroitin Sulfate would be an integral part of reducing and healing symptoms.
Cysto Renew contains several unique ingredients that you won't find in the competing products Cystoprotek, Fibroprotek, CystaQ, or CystMD.
Dr. Espinosa formulated Cysto Renew with L-Citrulline and L-Arginine based on research with Interstitial Cystitis patients. Both L-Arginine and L-Citrulline are raw materials used to make nitric oxide within your body. Nitric oxide allows smooth muscles, like those in the bladder, to relax. It also relaxes blood vessels to allow more blood flow. Additional medical research shows that nitric oxide levels may be reduced with bladder conditions and Interstitial Cystitis. Oral L-Arginine supplements reduced the overall pain, symptoms, and intensity for almost 50% of patients who were studied.
The other unique ingredients in Cysto Renew are Rhodiola Rosea and Lemon Balm. Many patients report flares and increased urination during times of stress. Rhodiola and Lemon Balm are herbal adaptagens which support healthy adrenal stress response. Rhodiola Rosea and Lemon Balm help to calm the nervous system before it sends extra signals to the bladder.
Cysto Renew also contains Aloe Vera which is not found in Cystoprotek, Bladder Ease, CystaMD or CystaQ. Aloe Vera is sold as a supplement in several forms. The inner leaf gel from the Aloe Vera is the most potent and healing part of the plant. Inner leaf Aloe Vera has a molecule (gluccosaccaride) that may help build up and fortify the bladder lining.
Interstitial Cystitis is a complex condition. As always, I recommend looking at all factors that may cause the symptoms. Contact me for coaching to implement the IC Diet and Cysto Renew into your wellness program.
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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