CystoProtek®. is an all natural oral dietary supplement in a soft gel capsule, developed to reduce the symptoms and pain associated with Interstitial Cystitis (IC). CystoProtek® uses an exclusive combination of flavonoids along with sodium hyaluronate, based on the scientific research of Dr. Theoharides M.D., PhD,. CystoProtek® contains glucosamine, quercetin and rutin for anti-inflammatory properties as well as chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate to help replenish the damaged glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer of the bladder. Unique to Algonot’s formulations is olive kernel oil, a powerful anti-oxidant that is instrumental in helping the body absorb and delivery the dry ingredients found in each soft gel capsule.
Results of two clinical studies showed CystoProtek® to be effective in reducing the pain and improving the overall symptoms in patients with IC. 1 and was well tolerated when ingesting 4-6 soft gel capsules per day for 4 – 6 months. These clinical studies also indicate that people who have failed other therapies can be given in conjunction with other oral and intervesical therapies. There was stomach upset in less than 1% of subjects, especially those with concurrent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
CystoProtek® is free from artificial colors or flavors, corn, milk products, preservatives, salt, starch, sugar, wheat or yeast. Our ingredients are not obtained from beef or beef by-products. CystoProtek® is not an analgesic.
Flavonoids are natural molecules found mostly in green plants and seeds. Unfortunately, our modern life diet contains progressively fewer flavonoids and those that are consumed are difficult to absorb because they do not dissolve in water. Under these conditions, the average person cannot consume enough to make a positive health difference.
Quercetin (Saphora Plant > 95% Pure) is a natural non-acidic (flavanoid) with potent anti-inflammatory capabilities. Quercetin is added to CystoProtek® to help relieve the swelling associated from inflammatory disease and protect from further damage associated with mast cell activation. The Quercetin used in CystoProtek® is obtained from the saphora plant. Algonot decisively choose not to use the more common and less expensive source of fava beans, which could cause hemolytic anemia, particularly in people of Mediterranean origin.
Rutin (Saphora Plant > 95% Pure) is a glycoside of the flavonoid Quercetin. Like quercetin, rutin is extracted from the saphora plant and is a non-acidic natural flavonoid that adds additional anti-inflammatory qualities. Rutin helps liberate quercetin in the intestine, making absorption easier. Rutin has been shown to be the strongest antioxidant in studies.
CystoProtek® also contains:
Chondroitin Sulfate (Shark Cartilage > 95% Pure) is one of the main components of cartilage and mucosa layers. Chondroitin sulfate forms the connective tissue that holds muscles, nerves, and blood vessels together. Because of this, it is a building block component for the GI protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and mucosa layers found throughout the body. Chondroitin sulfate also inhibits the release of enzymes that trigger joint destruction.
Glucosamine Sulfate (Shellfish Chitin > 95% Pure) is a key building block of joint cartilage and is also present in the soft material between bones and joints. It is a building block for the GI Protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and mucosa layers found throughout the body. It also has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive Kernel Oil (Unprocessed, MicroFiltered) is a potent low-acidic anti-oxidant that can help repair damaged tissues. This oil (a lipid) plays an important role in CystoProtek® because it is effective in helping the body to absorb chondroitin, glucosamine, quercetin, rutin and sodium hyaluronate. We use only virgin olive seed oil from the island of Crete.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Rooster Comb > 95% Pure) is also a component of protective connective tissues, including the protective GAG layers of the bladder. It is essential in the rebuilding process.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (not from beef), soy lecithin, beeswax, glycerin, purified water, titanium dioxide and carob extract. Contains: fish (shark), shellfish chitin (shrimp, crab, lobster), and soy.
CystoProtek® is not a cure and it may not offer immediate relief of pain and suffering. As inflammatory diseases take time to develop, it takes time to reverse the damage done to the body. It may take up to 90 -120 days for CystoProtek® to offer you relief from your symptoms.
CystoProtek® should only be taken in suggested dosages.
CystoProtek® should be stored in a cool place or refrigerator away from children.
You do not need a prescription to order CystoProtek®. Health providers may offer CystoProtek® in conjunction with other necessary therapies. You should consult with your doctor about CystoProtek® if you are allergic to eggs, fish or olive oil. Consult a health professional before using if you are pregnant or nursing. Please print this information or request a packet of information to be sent to your doctor.
CystoProtek® is the result of years of research inflammatory diseases by Theoharis Theoharides, MD, PhD. Dr. Theoharides is a professor of Pharmacology, Internal Medicine and Bio Chemistry in Boston. Algonot LLC is a corporation dedicated to combining scientific investigation with natural healing. An outstanding team of prominent physicians and scientists from Ivy League universities form the advisory board. With rigorous oversight our board helps ensure your trust and complete satisfaction with all Algonot nutraceutical products.
1. A Retrospective Open Label Study of CystoProtek (detail link coming soon)
Theoharides TC, Vakali S, Kempuraj D, Sant R. A retrospective open label study of CystoProtek in Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (PBS/IC) Proceedings NIDDK International Symposium: Frontiers in Painful Bladder Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis (October 24-27, 2006; Bethesda, MD). Theoharides TC, Sant GR.
.2 A Pilot Open Label Study of CystoProtek (detail link coming soon)
In Interstitial Cystitis International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, vol. 18:183-188, 2005.
Each bottle contains 120 soft gel capsules.
Take 2 capsules twice daily. If your symptoms are severe, you may increase your dose to 3 capsules three times daily.
For those with acid reflux, IBS or a sensitive stomach, we recommend a slow approach for first time use.
Day 1 & 2: Take one capsule a day, with a full meal.
Day 3 – 7: Take one capsule twice a day with a meal.
After the first seven days: Increase to the full dosage as directed on bottle or by your health care provider.
Note: If you experience stomach upset when taking any Algonot nutraceuticals, try freezing the capsules for approximately 60 minutes before taking them to slow the release of the product into the stomach.
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
Is it safe for children to take CystoProtek for IC?
Yes, with the exception that one should be cautious they do not choke because of the size. It may be prudent to make a pin-hole and squeeze the contents into apple juice, peanut butter, yogurt, etc. (if the child is not allergic) Please keep in mind the the yellowish color is due to the quercetin and can stain clothing.
Do you have to take the CystoProtek and/or ProstaProtek for the rest of your life or can it be tapered off eventually?
Some patients have tapered dosage after they established a significant benefit. CystoProtek has only been available for the last year therfore, we have not established a timeframe or a need for life long dosage.
Followup Question:When do you taper off? (like if you are symptom free for a length of time > etc).
If I were to judge from Algonot-plus, some patients have scaled it back to one capsules day eventually, but it is impossible to know. Hopefully, the bladder may heal enough that none will be required after a few years.
Similar question if, in addition to Elavil, we add alprazolam (which my wife is also taking for the IC) to the mix: Are there any interactions between quercetin, Elavil, alprazolam, and raloxifene (or risedronate or alendronate) that would either worsen the IC or diminish the effectiveness of the osteoporosis drugs?
None that I know It is my wife’s hope and intention eventually to rely solely on CystoProtek and Aloe Vera and to discontinue the use of synthetic medications.
Do you recommend “CystoProtek” to women trying to conceive?
The ingredients in the Algonot series are natural, of high purity and known to be safe. We would rather the mother to be take no drugs or other substances at least during the first trimester if possible. However, this decision is very personal and has to be discussed with the health providers keeping the best interest of the mother and the child to be in mind. If a mother absolutely needs some therapy/support in order to function adequately, then such should be recommended.
I was diagnosed with IC, but along with IC symptoms, I also have myofascial trigger spot back pain, mainly in upper back. I was wondering if CystoProtek would also help with this symptom. If so, what in the CystoProtek is helping with this back unofficial pain?I was diagnosed with IC, but along with IC symptoms, I also have myofascial trigger spot back pain, mainly in upper back. I was wondering if CystoProtek would also help with this symptom. If so, what in the CystoProtek is helping with this back unofficial pain?
Some of the symptoms sound like fibromyalgia and could be helped by the quarantine present in CystoProtek, but I am not sure to what extent. We do have some patients on it (or on the similar Algonot-plus) just for fibromyalgia and they report doing well. We would like to hear from you after a few months.