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3 Supplements to Keep Candida under Control!

Candida is a type of yeast that is part of the normal microbial environment of our bodies. The most prominent species is Candida albicans, which is found in the mouth, gastrointestinal track and vaginal cavity of healthy humans(1). While they are a normal

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Candida is a type of yeast that is part of the normal microbial environment of our bodies. The most prominent species is Candida albicans, which is found in the mouth, gastrointestinal track and vaginal cavity of healthy humans(1). While they are a normal part of a healthy human microbiome, if they start to multiply quickly and overgrow they can cause a variety of symptoms and a disease known as systemic Candidiasis. The rate of candidiasis is increasing and showing increasing rates of resistance to antifungal medications(1). For this reason taking a multifaceted approach that includes supplements and herbs can be beneficial in treating stubborn candida infections. 

 

Probiotics

Probiotics can help with Candida infections in a variety of ways. Like candida several bacterial species are normally found throughout the healthy human body. In fact there are more bacteria cells in and on our body then they’re our human cells. By ensuring a healthy level of a variety of good bacteria in our body it can compete against candida species. Research has shown that specific actions such as preventing candida from sticking to our cells, stimulating the bodies immune system to act against candida, competing for the same nutrients as Candida are some of the ways that probiotics appear to help keep candida levels in check(2). Each of these actions and others have actually been found to be specific to individual strains of probiotics. While further research is needed it is a good idea to choose a probiotic supplement that has a variety of different strains such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, casei and acidophilus(2). 

 

Propolis

Propolis is a substance that bees collect from branches and flowers that is rich in polyphenols which are known to have many medicinal actions. Recently its antimicrobial activity has been investigated and specifically its effects on Candida species(3). Several studies have shown that not only Candida albicans, but several types of Candida species are susceptible to the actions of propolis and studies have shown it to be effective in reducing candida growth in nail and vaginal candida over growth(4). 

 

Garlic

Garlic has been known for its many antimicrobial activities and its ability to help fight viral, bacterial and even fungal infections. Allicin is one of the main medicinal ingredients in garlic and it is formed only when garlic is crushed. Allicin alone has been shown to have antifungal activity but other compounds in garlic have also shown to have effects against microbes. A recent animal study demonstrated that garlic was similarly effective to fluconazole in decreasing the fungal load and increasing the survival time of the infected animals(5). This is impressive as fluconazole is a commonly prescribed antifungal that has been known to have some negative side effects and decreasing effectiveness due to increasing resistance by mutating Candida species. While the use of garlic alone has shown to be effective, combining it with pharmaceutical anti-fungal medications has shown to have a beneficial synergistic effect(5). 

 

 

1.         Ribeiro FC, Rossoni RD, Barros PP, Santos JD, Fugisaki LRO, Leão MPV, et al. Action mechanisms of probiotics on Candida spp. and candidiasis prevention: an update. J Appl Microbiol. 2020 Aug;129(2):175–85. 

2.         Shenoy A, Gottlieb A. Probiotics for oral and vulvovaginal candidiasis: A review. Dermatol Ther. 2019 May 30;e12970. 

3.         Tobaldini-Valerio FK, Bonfim-Mendonça PS, Rosseto HC, Bruschi ML, Henriques M, Negri M, et al. Propolis: a potential natural product to fight Candida species infections. Future Microbiol. 2016 Aug;11:1035–46. 

4.         Imhof M, Lipovac M, Kurz C, Barta J, Verhoeven HC, Huber JC. Propolis solution for the treatment of chronic vaginitis. Int J Gynaecol Obstet Off Organ Int Fed Gynaecol Obstet. 2005 May;89(2):127–32. 

5.         Khodavandi A, Alizadeh F, Harmal NS, Sidik SM, Othman F, Sekawi Z, et al. Comparison between efficacy of allicin and fluconazole against Candida albicans in vitro and in a systemic candidiasis mouse model. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2011 Feb;315(2):87–93. 


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