In fact, even on an IC Diet, you can get a lot of vitamin C from foods that are not citrus. Check out this list of bladder friendly, high vitamin C options (all vitamin C amounts are for 100 g. servings):
- Red bell peppers (nearly 200 mg!)
- Parsley (130 mg)
- Broccoli (90 mg)
- Green bell peppers (80 mg)
- Brussels sprouts (80 mg)
- Kale (41 mg)
- Cauliflower (40 mg)
- Raspberries - if tolerated (30 mg)
- Spinach (30 mg)
- Cabbage, raw (30 mg)
- Butternut (winter) squash (21 mg)
- Spaghetti squash (20 mg)
- Potato (20 mg, but you usually eat more than 100 g of potato)
- Zucchini (19 mg)
- Yellow (summer) squash (17 mg)
- Blueberries (10 mg)
- Banana - if tolerated (9 mg)
Some IC patients can also take an alkalized Vitamin C supplement or a sustained release formula which keeps the excess Vitamin C from spilling into the bladder all at once, which is what causes the pain.
One way or another, with just a little planning, you should be able to get plenty of C in your diet!
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