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Candida Albicans

2015-08-06
Candida Albicans

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria
These beneficial digestive bacteria may control candida albicans in the digestive tract
through various properties. Firstly, probiotic organisms produce a variety of organic
acids that 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 5 – 20 billion organisms per day
Caprylic acid 300 – 3000mg per day (build up slowly)
Psyllium husk fibre 1 – 3g per day
Oregano Oil1 15 – 45mg per day
Cinnamon2 1- 4g raw bark per day

Reduce/avoid
All sugar
Natural sweeteners (e.g. honey)
Alcohol
Fermented foods
Yeast (e.g. bread)
Fruit (Initially)
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.