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Vitamin C for Bladder Infection (Cystitis)

California, 1922

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient required for many metabolic processes in humans. A known antioxidant, vitamin C is also necessary for the synthesis of collagen, several biochemicals, and neurotransmitters. While some isolated people such as sailors and soldiers used to die of scurvy, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C, such a deficiency is now relatively unknown in the industrialized world.

Vitamin C to Treat Bladder Infection


  • Take 1000 mg of a vitamin C supplement daily.

Why It Works

Research is unclear on whether vitamin C has any effect on bladder infections, although anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that it does. It may work by acidifying the urine, which slows the growth of bacteria in the bladder.


Large doses of vitamin C may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. Pregnant women should not take large doses of vitamin C, due to a possible increased risk of early miscarriage. Please contact your healthcare provider right away if you suspect you have a bladder infection. Antibiotics may be necessary to prevent the infection from worsening or spreading.

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