CystoProtek® – developed to reduce painful symptoms of interstitial cystits*
CystoProtek® is an all natural oral dietary supplement in a soft gel capsule, developed to reduce the symptoms and pain associated with interstitial cystitis*. The anti-inflammatory properties of glucosamine, quercetin and rutin in CystoProtek’s unique natural formula reduce bladder damage and pain, while its glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronate sodium help replenish the damaged glycosaminoglycan (GAG) protective layer in the bladder.
In two clinical studies, CystoProtek was demonstrated to be effective in reducing the pain and improving overall symptoms in patients with Interstitial Cystitis (IC)1, and was well tolerated by patients ingesting 4-6 soft gel capsules per day for 4-6 months. CystoProtek is the result of years of research into interstitial cystitis by Theoharis Theoharides, Ph.D, M.D, a professor of Pharmacology, Internal Medicine and Biochemistry at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and his colleague, world renowned urologist Grannum R. Sant, M.D.
Results of the two clinical studies indicate that CystoProtek can be given to patients who have failed other therapies and can also be given with patients on other oral or intravesical therapies. There was stomach upset in less than 1% of subjects, especially those with concurrent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). CystoProtek does not offer substantial relief of pain and other symptoms before 90-120 days of use at 4-6 soft gel capsules per day. CystoProtek should best be taken with a meal and only in the suggested dosages. Patients allergic to eggs, soy, shellfish or olive oil should consult their doctor before taking the product. CystoProtek should be kept in a cool place or refrigerator away from children.
CystoProtek is not a cure for interstitial cystitis. At this time, there is no known cure for interstitial cystitis. Additionally, it is important to understand that CystoProtek is not an analgesic. It may take three to four months to offer a relief of symptoms.
CystoProtek® contains the following ingredients:
Chondroitin Sulfate - One of the main components of cartilage and mucosa layers, forming the connective tissue that holds muscles, nerves and blood vessels together. As such, it is a major component of the protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layers of the bladder. It also inhibits the release of proteolytic enzymes that cause tissue damage.
Sodium Hyaluronate - Another main component of protective connective tissues, including the protective GAG layers of the bladder. It is essential in the rebuilding process.
Quercetin is a non-acidic flavonoid obtained from the saphora plant. Alaven avoids using a more common source of the flavonoid, fava beans, that could cause hemolytic anemia, particularly in people of Mediterranean origin. Quercetin inhibits the activation of mast cells and other inflammatory cells. It is added to CystoProtek to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with inflammation.
Rutin, also extracted from the saphora plant, is a non-acidic natural flavonoid that adds additional anti-inflammatory qualities and liberates quercetin in the intestine, making absorption easier.
Glucosamine Sulfate is a building block of joint cartilage as well as bladder, prostate and GI protective glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layers. It also has some mild anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive Kernel Extract is a potent anti-oxidant that helps repair damaged tissues. It is also instrumental in helping the body absorb the chondroitin sulfate, quercetin and sodium hyaluronate. Alaven uses only unprocessed olive kernel extract of low acidity from the Greek island of Crete.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (not from beef), olive kernel extract, soy lecithin, beeswax, glycerin, purified water, titanium dioxide and carob extract. Contains fish (shark), shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster), and soy.
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.
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