Candida Albicans

 

See also:

Liver Support

Immune Support

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria

These beneficial digestive bacteria may control Candida albicans in the digestive tract through various properties. Firstly,  robiotic organisms produce a variety of organic acids chat help to lower the pH (increase the acidity} in the intestinal tract, making the environment inhospitable for Candida and other pathogenic organisms. Secondly, probiotic strains compete with the Candida for food. And finally, they compete with Candida for implantation space on the intestinal wall.

Caprylic Acid

This fatty acid, derived from tropical oils (e.g. palm, coconut), has a proven anti-fungal effect against Candida albicans in the digestive tract. One study found that caprylic acid reduced evidence of Candida albicans in stool cultures by 30 – 90% after just 16 days of supplementation. Caprylic acid is normally absorbed very quickly from the gut into the blood stream, and in order for it to have the desired anti-fungal effects in the gut, must be complexed with minerals to ensure a slower release through the digestive tract.

Anti-fungal supplements should be built up slowly to avoid a die-off reaction.

Psyllium Seed Husks

In addition to speeding the elimination of Candida organisms from the intestines, the soluble fibre portion of psyllium may help absorb toxins that are produced when Candida dies, thereby reducing the unpleasant die-off reaction. Fibre is also crucial in promoting healthy bowel ecology via its use by probiotic organisms as a primary source of food.

Oregano oil

Oregano has been shown to act as a potent antifungal agent in various research studies. Of particular interest is the ability of oregano oil to kill Candida albicans. One study reported equal effectiveness to Nystatin – a powerful antifungal drug – in oral candidiasis. Oregano oil does not appear to adversely affect levels of probiotic organisms in the gut, making it an ideal component of an anti-candida programme (Oregano is best used alongside caprylic acid, particularly in systemic candidiasis).

Anti-fungal supplements should be built up slowly to avoid a die-off reaction.

Cinnamon

The volatile oils in cinnamon appear to provide an anti-spasmodic action and kill a variety of pathogens. Cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast, Candida albicans. In laboratory tests, growth of yeasts that were resistant to the commonly used anti-fungal medication, fluconazole, was often (though not always) stopped by cinnamon extracts. Other studies found that cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon was effective in killing 4 species of Candida and a variety of bacterial pathogens, and does not appear to significantly impact on probiotic organisms found in the intestinal tract.

 Candida Summary

Nutrient/Herb Typical intake range

Probiotic organisms

Caprylic acid

Psyllium husk fibre

Oregano Oil (1)

Cinnamon (2)

5-20 billion organisms per day

300 – 3000mg per day (build up slowly)

1 – 3g per day

1 5 – 45mg per day

1 – 4g raw bark per day

Reduce/avoid

All sugar

Natural sweeteners (e.g. honey)~

Alcohol

Fermented foods

Yeast (e.g. bread)

Fruit (InitiaSly)

Dried fruit (throughout programme)

Dairy foods (Except natural yoghurt)

Malted foods

Allergens (e.g. wheat, dairy)

Refined foods

Increase

Oily fish

Freshly cracked nuts

Seeds

Vegetables

Fibre (not wheat)

Water

Herb teas

Whole foods

Lifestyle Factors

• Identify potential allergens

• Avoid exposure to mouldy environments

• Take regular exercise

• Avoid exposure to environmental toxins

• The programme for dealing with systemic candidiasis requires considerable will-power and commitment – having the support of family members/partner/friends will greatly enhance the chances of success.

Footnotes

1. Do not use during pregnancy and lactation.

2. May increase effects of diabetic medication. Do not combine without medical supervision.